Anti-piracy police powers grow

Anti-piracy initiatives continue to unfurl on a global basis, as industry lobbyists encourage government and local trade bodies to take action.

The three strikes rule seems a basic tenet of the new online world order, and while it’s a flexible arrangement, it seems music industry heavies are seeing some success in pushing for that.

In the UK, ISPs have agreed to begin sending warning letters to those customers the music industry claims are file-sharing, with some reports claiming three instances of such activity may threaten a user’s internet connection in future.

Across the Channel and through France in Germany you’ll see another variation of the three strikes ‘meme’, in this case, German rights holders have proposed new sanctions against file -sharers. To be enforced in conjunction with ISPs (as the industry happily gives the ownership of their means of production to the networks, rather than enthusiastic digital music services), German users will see their internet connection speed drop if they get caught sharing files. (Three strikes and you’re slow).

Down under in Australia, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft and a bunch of film industry groups calling themselves the Intellectual Property Awareness Trust unveiled their latest anti-piracy campaign at the Australian International Movie Convention this week.

“Titled “Nothing Beats the Real Thing,” the campaign uses the stars of hit Aussie soap “Neighbours” in a bid to get school-age kids to understand and respect film and television copyright,” says Hollywood Reporter.

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