War on music piracy. Yaar!
February 19, 2008
Avast maties! Thar be poi-rats on them thar inter-toobs! Yar-har!
AS THE internet threatens to kill the established music industry, the Rudd Government is considering a three-strikes policy against computer users who download songs illegally.
The Government will examine new legislative proposals being unveiled in Britain this week to target people who download films and music illegally. Internet service providers (ISPs) there might be legally required to take action against users who access pirated
Interesting. I wonder how are they planning to approach it this time?
Under the three-strikes policy, a warning would be first issued to offenders who illegally share files using peer-to-peer technology to access music, TV shows and movies free of charge. The second strike would lead to the offender’s internet access being suspended; the third would cancel the offender’s internet access.
The policy would mirror legislation being introduced in Britain, which would require ISPs to police the activities of users.
Looks a lot like passing the buck to me. The government can’t handle it, so they pass legislation to force the ISP to. Not only is the onus of enforcement then put onto the provider rather than the interested party, but the financial burden as well.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the Government was aware of the views put by the music industry for a code of conduct for ISPs to address file-sharing by subscribers.
“We will also examine any UK legislation on this issue [including any three-strikes policy] with particular interest,” he said.
This is the same Steven Conroy that wants an opt out ISP filtering system for web content. Fills me with confidence that my rights and privacy will be respected. No. Really.
Music Industry Piracy Investigations general manager Sabiene Heindl said her organisation had been lobbying for the policy for 12 months.
She said action had been taken to remove illegally downloaded tracks from blogs, Cyberlocker and BitTorrent sites but this had failed to stem the estimated 2.8 million Australians downloading music illegally last year.
Yes. It’s a big problem and it’s only getting worse.
Consultant Nick Dawes said a no-pay attitude had developed among young people because they did not fear any retribution.
Their attitude is: “If we can get it for free, why not?”
And there is the underlying problem. The whole paradigm of how we pay for these kind of things has shifted, and I suspect that eventually the whole business model of the music industry is going to have to change as well. I don’t have any easy answers, but with an increasingly technically aware population, this kind of war of escalation is just getting us nowhere. But at least it’s fast.