Monday, May 18, 2009

Singer songwriter Billy Bragg says record industry is trying to get ISP's "to do their dirty work for them" @billybragg

Singer songwriter Billy Bragg has written an excellent column in The Guardian in which he writes:

Having failed miserably in previous attempts to stamp out illicit filesharing, the record industry has now joined forces with other entertainment lobby groups to demand that the government takes action to protect their business model.
.....Fearful of the prospect of dragging their customers though the courts, with all the attendant costs and bad publicity, members of the record industry have come up with a simple, cost-free solution to their problem: get the ISPs to do their dirty work for them. They are asking the government to force the ISPs to cut off the broadband connection of customers who persistently download unauthorised material, without any recourse to appeal in the courts.
Complete article

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