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Tech Talk Radio Show 12 of 2010
Transmission date: March 22, 2010
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Ep 12 of 2010
March 22, 2010

The dust has barely settled on the AFACT vs iiNet copyright case, when news reported this week that the UK Government plans to force ISPs to crackdown on copyright abuse. The ambitious plan will cost the industry between £250 million and £500 million ($830 million) according to an estimate published by the Department for Business.

A report tabled in the UK Parliament said file sharing of audio, video, data, or anything in digital format between users on a computer network "has increased significantly in the last few years which has served to reduce the incentive for the creative industries to invest in the development, production and distribution of new innovative content."

The report went on to say that the UK government’s intention, is to make it easier for rights holders to bring targeted civil actions against suspect copyright infringers and place obligations on ISPs when informed by rights holders to notify subscribers of their unlawful behaviour and to maintain records of the most frequent offenders to allow rights holders to take targeted legal action – something not that dissimilar from what AFACT were after.

It’s worth noting that what Australians can do legally when making copies of media for personal use most likely differs from what uk citizens can do, as copyright laws are legislated by the respective countries parliaments, but it’s safe to say the protection of copyright owners rights is paramount in both, the different here is that the UK parliament is opening up a path to the consumer which is what hasn’t happened here but may.

Australian Federal court judge Justice Cowdroy found that ISPs cannot be held responsible for what their customers do on their network, which is subject to appeal in the High court of Australia soon. It seems that the powers that be in the UK have skipped these phase and opened up the possibility of mandatory reporting to copyright holders of what people are downloading through British ISPs

Both the Australian and British governments head off to the polls this year, and both have internet issues to take to the voters. One thing’s for sure, both governments are putting citizen privacy to the test.

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