The much-publicised cosy deal between the BPI, Ofcom and the ISPs has raised howls from civil rights campaigners – who quite rightly protest that music consumers have had no voice in these discussions.
The Open Rights Group (ORG) has submitted its response to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s consultation into legislative options to tackle illicit peer to peer file-sharing, warning of muddy thinking throughout the proposals made so far.
Anthony Rose, head of the BBC’s digital media technology and former CTO of Kazaa has made a big promise to the millions in the UK already enjoying iPlayer content.
Speaking to Jeremy Kirk, he promised the broadcaster would continue to innovate its service, introducing new social networking features soon to make the whole experience of TV-watching online a more collaborative experience.
“”Last year, the BBC chose what you watched,” Rose said. “This year, you choose what you want, and next year your friends will help you pick what you want to watch.” Continue reading →
The recent music industry deal with ISP’s could put power over music retail into the hands of the networks, undermining the good work done by the likes of iTunes, Napster and eMusic, eMusic CEO David Pakman warns.
Six of the UK’s biggest internet service providers have reached a deal with music industry body the BPI to combat music-piracy.
The six biggest UK ISPs, BT, Virgin, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse, have all agreed the deal, which commits all parties to work together to reduce illegal music file-sharing. Thousands of letters will also now be sent to ‘net users the BPI suspects of illegally sharing music. Continue reading →
Ofcom may attempt regulation against file-sharing, with Ofcom boss Ed Richards described the regulator as “ready to play a constructive role” in the ongoing debate over file-sharing.
“To date, Ofcom has not made a lot of public noise about the piracy issue…that should not be mistaken for a lack of interest or concern…this sort of piracy is something that affects network operators, ISPs, content creators and consumers – and as the converged regulator we have of course been keeping a watchful eye on developments.”
Richards observed that the need for telecoms and network companies to invest in a more robust infrastructure means those firms must be confident of a profit-friendly future regulatory environment.
“An operator investing in next-generation networks will not want it clogged up with illegal peer-to-peer content if that means no-one will pay to ensure a return on the investment, as we have seen in some Asia Pacific markets,” Pushing for commercial or voluntary agreements to prevent file-sharing, Richards said. “Content providers, self evidently, do not want illegal traffic undermining their investment in IPR.”