August 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Despite a seeming genuine willingness to develop co-operative models to address issues of illegal file sharing, the views of rights holders and ISP’s remain polarised.
The Communications Alliance has been involved in discussions with the Australian Copyright Industry Group over the past six months, in an attempt to develop an industry-led model to deal with file sharing issues. “The industry is working to develop a cooperative model that discourages improper file-sharing, promotes the availability of affordable and legal sources of content for all Australian consumers, apportions fairly the costs involved, ensures natural justice rights for consumers and allows ISPs to legally go about their business,” stated Comms Alliance CEO John Stanton.
But will ISPs and rights holders see eye to eye, particularly on how to stop illegal sharing?
“AFACT and its members have always been open to genuine negotiation – but bearing in mind the Full Federal Court said that ISPs are responsible for infringements on their network, they’ve said that it is reasonable for ISPs to send warnings to their customers if they infringe copyright, they’ve said it’s reasonable for ISPs to take other steps beyond that if customers ignore those warnings, and they’ve said it’s reasonable for account holders to be held responsible for all activities on their account,” is the position of AFACT.
(Source: Comms Day)