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TalkTalk Rejects BPIs Three-Strikes Anti-Piracy Proposal

Posted: 04th Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
Charles Dunstone, CEO of The Carphone Warehouse Group (TalkTalk, AOL UK), has rejected calls by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for UK ISPs to introduce a voluntary "three-strikes" system to combat online software piracy.

The system threatens to disconnect customers from their ISP if they're found to be downloading illegal content (music etc.), but only after failing to heed prior warnings:

Charles Dunstone Quote (Source: Telegraph):

"We are the conduit that gives users access to the Internet, we do not control the internet nor do we control what our users do on the internet. I cannot foresee any circumstances in which we would voluntarily disconnect a customer's account on the basis of a third party alleging a wrong doing. We believe that a fundamental part of our role as an internet service provider (ISP) is to protect the rights of our users to use the internet as they choose."

Dunstone fears that the creative industry is merely attempting to shift their problems on to somebody else and intends to defend its customers, using legal action where necessary.

Naturally Carphone does not condone piracy, but clearly disagrees with the BPI's proposal. Sadly Dunstone's position, though admirable in its defence of customers, is unlikely to do much good. The government is now pressing ISPs to adopt some form of voluntary code or risk mandatory legislation being imposed next year.

Check out our recent 'To Ban or Not to Ban (Illegal File Sharers)' article on the subject for a more detailed and easy to read summary of the problem.
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