Telstra BigPond has shrugged off threats of legal action against the music industry after record labels drag ISPs to court to stop the piracy.
The largest ISP in Australia has said that it would be “gobsmacked” if the music industry here, represented by ARIA, would try to do the same; arguing that local copyright laws protected it for being responsible.
The industry wants to adopt a “three strikes and you’re out” system, where after you get complaint of piracy three times will be disconnected. All but one local ISPs have rejected the plan. Shocking, that one ISP that has approved the plan is Exetel.
The industry is also frustrated as it believes that the other ISPs are waiting for BigPond to jump on board with the new scheme before adopting it, and has indicated that it may sue local ISPs as a last resort.
Internationally, the “three strikes” rule has been adopted in Japan and France, with the British government indicating that it could force ISPs in the UK to adopt it.
However, the European Parliament has rejected the “three strikes” rule, with a Swedish MP and a former Prime Minister of France saying that it would conflict with civil liberties, among other things. Both France and the UK are members of the European Union.
But this vote is not legally binding, and France is expected to push for the system to be adopted in Europe when it takes over the six-month rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of this year.