Sunday, July 08, 2007

The road Internet sensorship laid with IP legislation

Belgian court of law has concluded that the ISPs (Internet Service Providesr) are responsible for IP violation enforcement. Meaning that Belgian ISPs will have to block file sharing in their networks.
What next, the electric companies would be responsible for copyright violation, since the are providing electricity needed for file sharing?

The true meaning of this decision is that the ISPs will have to enforce censorship on the internet. ISPs, or actually the IP owners will tell you what you may or may not do with your Internet.


Irina Tsukerman said...

That's the bureacratic maze of EU for you. They are so concerned about protecting the "poor" copyright owners from those evil file sharers, that they would rather enclose the entire system in a maze of regulations and fences than simply to punish the specific violators individually responsible for breaking the law.

Woland said...

I don;t really know the detail, but it seems to me that American system is not much better.
After all, US still "holds a patent" on the idea of software patents.

Irina Tsukerman said...

US even has patents on algorithms. Hard to believe. And the trend is actually worse... From what I know, in EU,(and elsewhere), they are starting to extend IP to "cultural property" - i.e. cheese.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Oh Belgium. Tell me about it... Why I am not surprised?