[LINK] Rudd Gov considers 3-strike policy against illegal song downloaders

rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sun Feb 17 13:45:53 EST 2008

Funny isn't it? Should an international group of trade unions decide to 
take the same actions in different countries, we would hear business 
groups howling. It would be considered most improper. Let a business 
lobby pursue a co-ordinated international lobbying campaign, and they're 
treated with kid gloves by governments around the world...


Michael Meloni wrote:
> War on music piracy
> Heath Gilmore and Kerrie Armstrong
> February 17, 2008
> http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/war-on-music-piracy/2008/02/16/1202760662778.html 
> AS THE internet threatens to kill the established music industry, the 
> Rudd Government is considering a three-strikes policy against computer 
> users who download songs illegally.
> The Government will examine new legislative proposals being unveiled 
> in Britain this week to target people who download films and music 
> illegally. Internet service providers (ISPs) there might be legally 
> required to take action against users who access pirated material.
> The music industry estimates 1 billion songs were traded illegally by 
> Australians last year.
> Under the three-strikes policy, a warning would be first issued to 
> offenders who illegally share files using peer-to-peer technology to 
> access music, TV shows and movies free of charge. The second strike 
> would lead to the offender's internet access being suspended; the 
> third would cancel the offender's internet access.
> The policy would mirror legislation being introduced in Britain, which 
> would require ISPs to police the activities of users.
> Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the Government was aware 
> of the views put by the music industry for a code of conduct for ISPs 
> to address file-sharing by subscribers.
> "We will also examine any UK legislation on this issue [including any 
> three-strikes policy] with particular interest," he said.
> Music Industry Piracy Investigations general manager Sabiene Heindl 
> said her organisation had been lobbying for the policy for 12 months.
> She said action had been taken to remove illegally downloaded tracks 
> from blogs, Cyberlocker and BitTorrent sites but this had failed to 
> stem the estimated 2.8 million Australians downloading music illegally 
> last year.
> "Because P2P file sharing involves these music files sitting on 
> individual people's computers, there is very little that MIPI can do 
> to remove those files or stop them being shared," she said. "That's 
> why we have been pushing a proposal to internet service providers for 
> a commonsense system of warning notices which, if unheeded, would 
> ultimately result in a user having their account suspended or 
> disconnected."
> National Internet Industry Association chief executive Peter Corones 
> said his members' reservations over the three-strikes and code of 
> conduct proposals would be discussed with Mr Conroy this week.
> He said present legislation provided severe penalties for dealing in 
> pirate sound recordings that infringe on the rights of artists, 
> composers, record companies and music publishers. Yet there was no 
> action to date.
> Penalties include injunctions, damages and costs, fines of up to 
> $60,500 for individuals and up to $302,500 for corporations per 
> infringement and up to five years' jail.
> "Internet service providers are not the enforcers of copyright," Mr 
> Corones said. They are "a mere conduit" for internet connectivity.
> Any action by the Government is likely to displease young broadband 
> users. Quantum Market Research YouthSCAN released the findings of a 
> new study this month showing 63 per cent of young Australians felt 
> there was no point in paying for music that was freely available.
> It asked 600 Australians aged between 10 and 17 across NSW and 
> Victoria in August and September about accessing music.
> Consultant Nick Dawes said a no-pay attitude had developed among young 
> people because they did not fear any retribution.
> Their attitude is: "If we can get it for free, why not?"
> ------------------------
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