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.
Internet Service Provider’s in the UK are reportedly in talks with music labels in order to police file-sharing activity on the part of their users.
ISP’s have so far resisted labels in their attempt to force them to police the way their networks are used, but a recent UK government threat to force a “three strikes and out” approach as seen in France has caused ISP’s to reluctantly enter talks, as civil liberties arguments now clearly lack the weight of the rights of copyright owners in Britain today. “The British government just put a gun to our head,” one top-level executive said.
“All of the ISPs are at the table meeting with the rights holders,” a source said. Participating ISPs include Tiscali, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin, and BT.