UK Rejects Three Strikes Copyright Ideology
In a remarkable display of common sense – remarkable only in that there should have been any level of debate about this outcome – the UK has decided not to create legislation forcing ISPs to terminate children accused of copying music illegally. “We can’t have a system where we’re talking about arresting teenagers in their bedrooms,” [UK’s Intellectual Property minister David Lammy] told The Times newspaper. You don’t say? Who could even propose such a scheme?
Any politician interested in a flourishing digital economy and a citizenry participating in online society must repudiate the ideology pushed relentlessly by the small minority of copyright owners – that no punishment is too harsh for copyright infringement.