Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ISPs refuse, again, to do copyright holder's policing

Up to a point, anyway.

As the copyright capitalists continue to cling to their belief that cutting people off from the web would be both legal, and help the dwindling market price of licensed content, the UK ISPs have again said they aren't going to become the cops. Not unless there's something else in it for them:

But the ISPs aren't going quietly into that dark night. In a statement, the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) said that it agreed with creative industry calls for "the safe and secure delivery of legal content." Getting access to this content remains difficult, though, and ISPA notes that "Internet companies remain extremely frustrated by the ongoing difficulties in securing licensing that is needed to offer consumers legal alternatives through new models of online content distribution. It is our view that legislation on enforcement should only be introduced on the condition that the rights holder industry commits to significant licensing reform."

So, it's not quite the high-minded rejection of the idea that you should be cast adrift from participating in society so much as the insistence that, if they're going to be providing security for copyright material, they want a slice of the action.