The publication of the Digital Economy Bill in November, last year (a topic P2PON covered) caused lots of controversy due to the its radical proposals brought to the UK Government plan against online pirates.
Now the entertainment industry’s latest effort to protect copyright owners took the shape of a newly created organization whose purpose is to lobby the European Union to reinforce its actions against illegal file sharers.
Called The European Audiovisual Social Dialogue Committee and having among its members the International Federation of Film Producers Associations and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe, the group lists among its priorities to increase pressure on ISPs to collaborate with them in eradicating online piracy.
“The unauthorised filesharing of protected works and performances – as well as the need for all right holders to derive tangible benefits from the exploitation of their work – are important issues that need to be better recognised by the European commission and other EU institutions,” said the European Audiovisual Social Dialogue Committee in recent statement.
Another focal point of the group will be the studies on the financial impact of illegal filesharing and the connection between it and layoffs.
The Telegraph details how the plan is thought-out:
The rights holder, who has had material pirated, such as a music label like Universal Music, will pay a fixed fee, set by media regulator Ofcom, to cover the ISP’s costs of sending the letter. Stephen Timms, the Minister for Digital Britain, expressed his confidence at the time that this method would be successful in ending the majority of the problem.
However, if Ofcom discovers that at least 70 per cent of illegal filesharing has not stopped, Lord Mandelson, the Secretary of State, has the power to apply to Parliament for secondary legislation to force the ISPs to impose technical measures such as the suspension of internet connections. Ofcom has been measuring the levels of illegal downloading since November 2009 but has not given a date by which the government would expect to have achieved a 70 per cent reduction in online piracy. The government stopped short of making it a criminal offence.
Mr Timms has stressed that such technical measures were “very much the last resort” and placed hope that ISPs, and other content owners, could create more appealing legal services. Other technical measures include: bandwidth capping and imposing a daily download limit.