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P2P disconnection plan in UK comes under more fire

Written by James Delahunty @ 06 Sep 2009 9:01 User comments (5)

P2P disconnection plan in UK comes under more fire In an Open Letter sent to The Times last week, the heads of the major Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the UK, as well as representatives of the Open Rights Group, Which? and Consumer Focus, all protested to the plans to disconnect "repeat offenders" of P2P piracy from the Internet.
"Consumers must be presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty," the letter read. "We must avoid an extrajudicial 'kangaroo court' process where evidence is not tested properly and accused broadband users are denied the right to defend themselves against false accusations."

The letter acknowledged the industry's legitimate concerns about illegal sharing of copyrighted material, but still said the government's proposals for dealing with the issue are "misconceived, and threaten broadband consumers' rights and the development of new, attractive services".

"Without protections, innocent customers will suffer. Any penalty must be proportionate. Disconnecting users from the internet would place serious limits on their freedom of expression." The proposal to disconnect file-sharers came from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in late August.

BIS suggested that ISPs should pay a large amount of the costs of monitoring usage and for the legal mechanisms needed to decide which file sharers should be disconnected from the Internet. The open letter claimed that these costs, mounted on ISPs, would need to be passed on to customers, most of whom never use P2P software for piracy.

In a consultation launched by BIS in June to address the issue of copyrighted material being shared online, an estimate of 200 million per year in industry damage done by illegal file sharing was given. However, this figure relies on the premise that every single downloaded track represents a lost sale.

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5 user comments

17.9.2009 03:28

And it also turns out that the BPI (RIAA) cooked all the numbers are tried to convince people that the data was gathered by an independent source when it was the RIAA that made up the data in the first place.

Music industry cooks UK government's piracy stats

4th September 2009 21:52 GMT

The government's dizzying statistic that over seven million Brits are involved in online piracy comes from dubious research commissioned by the music industry itself.

When the UK government advisory body, the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property, released an 85-page report in May pronouncing billions of pounds worth of economic losses and thousands of jobs lost annually due to illegal downloads, its claim of more than seven million freeloaders residing in Britain made headlines.

But the BBC Radio 4 show More or Less has investigated the figure and uncovered not only its rather questionable origin, but the massive statistical assumptions used to arrive at seven million.

if you are in the UK you can listen to the radio 4 show that exposes the lies of the BPI (RIAA) here


# Sony BMG Music Entertainment
# Warner Music Group
# Universal Music Group

27.9.2009 04:15

Also P2P programs are not illegal in the first place in fact I read from Wikipedia's Video on Demand page is that P2P programs were a huge part of Video on Demand in the first place plus when using P2P's on this mini section of the same page is that using P2P programs do not infringe on copyright. Its just really amazing that with Legal video on demand it was born by so called "illegal file sharing" a issue if you think about it the entertainment industry began in the first place(If what the wikipedia article on VOD is true completely)

With the ISP's and those two groups after the UK's RIAA for this rap you know the UK RIAA will lose big.

37.9.2009 04:31

RIAA lose big, lmao.

Sorry tristen but the corporations infiltrate the government through backhanders, contributions, second jobs & promises of top positions when MP's leave cabinet.

The RIAA (BPI) lobbyists (liars/salesmen) pay hundreds of thousands to buy officials in one way or another.

If you listen to the radio 4 programme they state that the BPI would not allow them to see the original report but only supplied the cooked up numbers, if the report was correct why would they not release it for public scrutiny?

The report is what the "P2P disconnection plan" is based upon.

47.9.2009 10:29

This plan is unworkable and illegal.

The EU Parliament will throw this nonsense out and besides it is in contravention of the Convention on Human Rights.

It's all just noise to scare the uninformed.
It's never going to happen here.

510.9.2009 09:09

I'd imagine taking a few dozen really cheap netbooks, obtaining access to open/easily accessed wifi networks, then simply pinging known watched terms/torrents. That would solve the problem rather quickly, especially if one were to find its way onto a member of parliaments home network.

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