Oh, those Brits.
They’ve decided that the war on e-terror needs the help of ISP’s to help prevent customers from downloading pirated material.
Under the proposal, UK internet users will be monitored by their ISP’s for illegal downloads, and those caught will receive an e-mail warning in the first instance, internet suspension the second time, and then termination of their contract on the third strike. A similar law was proposed in France back in November 2007.
What lawmakers across the pond & the U.S. should take heed to are ideas such as legally leaking their own material, a la TV shows.
The popularity of TV-torrents hasn’t gone unnoticed. In fact, there are reports of TV-studios that allegedly use BitTorrent as a marketing tool, by leaking unaired pilots intentionally. While the movie and music studios continue to fight their “war on piracy”, most of the TV-studios lay low.
Or, perhaps just doing something similar to what Borders is doing through a few concept stores – downsize the music section, put in some computers and *gasp* allow customers to “burn music CDs, download music and audiobooks onto MP3 players.”