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BSG Fears UK Broadband Piracy

Posted: 25th Jul, 2003 By: MarkJ
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has warned that the UK's hi-speed ambitions could be faltered if digital piracy, specifically P2P file-sharing, isn't dealt with:

According to the BSG, if it isn't easy for users to buy items online using effective micro-payment systems then there is less incentive for firms to make compelling online content available.

The massive popularity of peer-to-peer networks also needs to be urgently addressed, the BSG said. "Digital Rights Management and micro-payments are becoming 'make or break' issues for the whole of the broadband value chain," said Antony Walker, chief executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group, in a statement.

Unfortunately governments have a habit of 'overdoing' things and ultimately penalising legitimate surfers for the mistakes of others, whom invariable get around the new system(s) anyway. More @ ZDNet.
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