Apple CEO Steve Jobs, eBay CEO John Donahue, Which? director Peter Vicar and other leading tech industry folks will be flying into Europe to attend a private EU conference on online sales of music and consumer goods.
Led by consumer champions such as Peter Vicar, the summit will look at and review cross-border sales of music and other goods over the internet.
EU competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, says the meeting aims to resolve problems when purchasing products online from countries outside of your own – particularly in Europe, a federation of states whose citizens are meant to be able to freely shop around for the best available deal under free market regulation. Continue reading →
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.”