U.K. Embraces ‘Three Strikes’ for Illegal File Sharing

From CNet News :

The U.K.’s House of Commons overwhelmingly voted in favor of creating a law that would enable copyright owners to seek the suspension of Internet service of those accused multiple times of illegal file sharing.

The House of Commons voted 189 to 47 to pass the Digital Economy Bill, which also seeks to give the country’s government the authority to block access to Web sites suspected of engaging in pirated material, according to British publication, the Telegraph.

The bill still needs to go back to the House of Lords, which is nothing more than a formality since that’s where it originated. What this means is that some of the major European governments seem to be lining up behind copyright owners. France passed a similar law in October. Copyright owners applauded the results of the vote.

“The UK legislation recognizes that digital theft is a job killer,” said Rick Cotton, NBC Universal’s general counsel. “(The bill) creates a carefully calibrated framework for ISPs to act to reduce illegal activity, protect workers, and help build the economy.”

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2 Comments on "U.K. Embraces ‘Three Strikes’ for Illegal File Sharing"

  1. oh dear oh dear.

  2. What would you expect from a political system that is embolden by the semantics of an industry truly drunk on their self-importance.

    I see a wave of hacked accounts and the unwitting termination of innocent users. It wouldn't take much to sell the CHAP username/password of a DSL account. As long as you were connected to the same DSL network, the RADIUS (LNS) would pass authentication.

    In fact the the old WorldCom/MCI network allowed dialup users to authenticate on a MCI associated telco in same brazil could use the username/password of an Australia MCI associated telco user to connect.

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