31 August 2007

ISPs are not the police

Watchdog presses ISPs to clamp down on illegal net use - web - Technology

The "Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft" wants Australian ISP's to become its policemen. Thankfully no ISPs are interested, and in particular, Telstra BigPond responded:

"While we do not encourage or condone piracy, particularly as we are a legal provider of online music, games and movies content, we do not believe it is up to the ISPs to be judge, jury and executioner in relation to the issue when the content owners have any number of legal avenues to pursue infringements,"
...

"We are not going to take AFACT's claims against customers at face value."

You really should applaud a service provider who decides to take the side of its customer and not that of a commercially-interested lobby group.