7 May 2009

No three-strikes out – EU Parliament rejects Sarkozy’s plan


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Do you rememeber Mr Sarkozy’s “three-strikes and you are out plan to fight file-sharers?

The intention of the french presidency was to use the reform of the EU telecommunications regulatory framework to insert provisions restricting the internet access of users engaged in copyright infringement. The plan aimed to primarily fight the use of P2P file-sharing platforms. Fortunately for file-sharers, because the plan is unlikely to be realized as the EU Parliament amended an informal agreement previously reached with the EU Council.

I personally have an understanding for the entertainment industry’s attepmts to achieve protection for its content in the digital era. It is also true that the internet constitutes an obstacle regarding the detection of and the law enforcemenet against copyright infringers. The internet service providers thus appear to be the convinient victim as they can barely run and/or hide.

On the other hand the entertainment industry must acknowledge that many users, due to several reasons, are more than limited in their efforts to lawfully access content. The infinging one remains then the only possibility they have in today’s entertainment coined society. That is why these users neither understand nor support the measures undertaken by the industry.

In my view, the industry should reconsider its current business models for content dissemination and attept to create new ones. This could be the path leading to reconcilliation with the users, not the “three-strikes” model.