How the UK government and the music industry have tried to tackle music piracy.
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(1) That its users were directly infringing the plaintiff's copyright;(2) That Napster was liable for contributory infringement of the plaintiff's copyright; and(3) That Napster was liable for vicarious infringement of the plaintiff's copyright.
Music industry threatens ISPs over piracy
Thursday, 18 January 2007
Our response to the consultation on peer-to-peer file sharing sets out our intention to legislate, requiring ISPs to notify alleged infringers of rights (subject to reasonable levels of proof from rights-holders) that their conduct is unlawful. We also intend to require ISPs to collect anonymised information on serious repeat infringers (derived from their notification activities), to be made available to rights-holders together with personal details on receipt of a court order. We intend to consult on this approach shortly, setting out our proposals in detail.
“Any intervention must be designed to embrace new horizons and must be fit and proper for use in a modern world, a modern society and a modern culture,” he said.
“Regulation brings a cost to all parties. We all need to be sensitive that the debt we pay for an imposed government solution does not outweigh the benefits and the rewards.
“By viewing ISPs as partners in the solution, I am certain that this can be the year that we all stop fretting about delivery platforms and concentrate on what really matters – the music.”
Though the U.K. boasts 67 legal online music services, more than any other country, there is no effective deterrent to obtaining music illegally, BPI said. The music industry is lobbying government to implement the Digital Economy Act, passed earlier this year and designed to curb illegal file sharing by requiring Internet service providers to block some users.