Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ireland and UK allow parents or homes of illegal downloaders to be blacklisted by ISPs

A new plan in the UK and in Ireland has been announced whereby parents of kids involved in illegal downloading could be blacklisted, or could have their Internet speeds slowed down to prevent large downloads. Apparently the blacklist would be available to all ISPs. It’s logical that the same idea could be tried in the US, although the FCC has recently clamped down on ISP's that manipulate user speeds for legal purposes, at least, just to control traffic.

The news story appeared in the Belfast Telegraph, authored by Claire McNeilly, here. Washington DC television station NBC4 provided a link to this story tonight to warn US viewers.

So far, these ISP’s have signed up for the plan: BT, Virgin Media, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse

In the United States there have been cases where parents have been sued for copyright infringement of their kids that they were unaware of, and sometimes it may have occurred with guests. Usually parents learn of the suits by sudden phone calls from “settlement centers” from the music industry and feel that they are being shaken down or extorted.

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