Is the UK getting France's piracy law?
Industry calls on Government to copy French president Sarkozy’s strongarm approach to illegal downloading
The UK’s anti-piracy laws are feeble and place the game industry in grave danger of further closures and economic damage.
That was the opinion of some of the games industry’s most notable figures this week, as the domestic trade called on the Government to emulate France’s new legal clampdown on illegal downloaders.
The French bill, passed into draft law last week, will see illegal downloaders of games, music and movies sent two warnings, first by email and then by recorded delivery.
Following these cautions, the offender’s details will be passed to a judge – who has the power to cut off internet access and issue heavy fines or even prison sentences.
The UK Government is working with internet service providers on plans to bring in a similar ‘three strikes’ approach – but has so far avoided mention of court action.
“Nintendo applauds France for approving this legislation,” Nintendo’s European anti-piracy boss Neil Boyd told MCV. “We hope that other Member States will see this as an example of a country attempting to significantly reduce illegal file sharing and recognizing the important collaborative role that ISPs can play in doing so.
Source - develop-online.net
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latest news i heard is that the UK dont favour such a strong response, and is likely to implement a system whereby after 3 'strikes' the user will have their bandwidth seriously restricted, so they can still email/browse etc, but will be no good for downloading. This was announced at a recent meeting of music artists, government advisors, industry reps and ISP managers.
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Music industry refuses to back games’ illegal download battle -
The UK music industry has ‘no plans’ to join British games companies in taking direct legal action against illegal file sharers.
As reported by Develop this morning, five games companies have written to 25,000 people in Britain suspected of illegal downloading.
They have demanded £300 in order to avoid further legal action from each of them. The companies, including Codemasters and Atari, also say they are prepared to take an initial 500 people to court if they refuse to pay.
The BPI (formerly the British Phonographic Industry) has disctanced itself from these tactics, however.
Matt Phillips, director of communications at the BPI, told Music Week ‘that working with ISPs to educate consumers is a more effective way of combating illegal downloading’ – rather than charging and fining those who file share.
According to MW, the music industry explored punitive action against illegal file sharers in 2004 and 2005, when it launched a number of law suits against people making music available online for free.
The gaming companies’ initiative was launched on the back of a legal ruling this week where the first person in Britain, Isabela Barwinska, an unemployed mother of two, was ordered to pay £16,000 to Topware Interactive for illegally sharing their game Dream Pinball.
Source - develop-online.net