03 July 2008

Strike Out Against "Three Strikes and You're Out"

The pernicious "three strikes and you're out" idea is still about, and the Open Rights Group has news that an attempt may be made to enshrine it in European law:

Could Europe be drafting a new law to disconnect suspected filesharers from the internet? MEPs have already signalled their condemnation of this approach. But last-minute amendments to telecommunications legislation could bring the so-called “3 strikes” approach in by the backdoor. If you want your MEP to stick to their guns on 3 strikes, write to them today to voice your concerns.

Act now, before it's too late....

4 comments:

Freeman said...

I came across an excellent suggestion on this topic the other day.

Copyfraud (the practice of submitting fraudulent copyright takedown notices) has become as rampant as copyright infringement on the internet. Everything from the AP's recent attack on fair use to asserting copyright on clearly inelegible works such as Shakesphere's writings or Beethoven's music.

If they're going to impose a three-strike rule on copyright infringers, they should impose the same on those who commit copyfraud.

Proponents of Draconian measures tend to lose their enthusiasm when such measures might be applied to them.

glyn moody said...

Yes, you're absolutely right: copyfraud is much more heinous that copyright infringement since it can potentially wrong millions of people.

We need to beat the drum about this concept: I shall start forwith....

Anonymous said...

Here is an article published by New York University on the problem of copyfraud and how to remedy it (available for free download):

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=787244

glyn moody said...

Yes - thanks for that. I read it when it came out, but had forgotten about it - great stuff.