Today I want to talk about the new powers governments are giving to ISP's to police pirating. I am not sure what the laws are like in the U.S. at the moment but I have recently seen that in Britain and my own country that the government is changing the copyright laws.
In my country internet users who download pirated materials get three warnings and then their internet will be disconnected and a $15000 fine will be issued. I assume that the whole operation will be funded by the tax payer and the revenue from the fines. The thing i don't understand about this is why should the tax payer should constantly have to fund the Movie/Music industry war on piracy. The internet pirates will only find a way to get around the new traffic monitoring, so millions of our hard earn dollars are going to end up being wasted.
Britain's law was slightly different. I read that the government wanted ISP's to cover 25% of the cost of monitoring internet users. That only means price increases to internet users to cover this new cost.
All these new laws are doing is wasting money. The only way to take out internet piracy is at the source. The up-loaders. The only problem with this is that they are in countries where they have no laws against piracy or the government just doesn't care.
So my thoughts are on all this is that the Movie/Music industry should just give up. So what if you lose a few million, you still make billions a year and it will mean that we don't end up paying millions enforcing your copyright. Besides if people really like what they are watching the will go out and buy it.