April 4, 2008

UK ISP Refuses To Police Internet Against Music Downloading

One of Britain's largest Internet Service Providers have refused to disconnect users who ignore requests to stop sharing music, telling the music industry it's not their job to police the internet.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the trade body for UK music, asked ISPs to disconnect so-called "Ëœinternet music pirates' who refuse to stop sharing files.

But Charles Dunstone of Carphone Warehouse, which runs the TalkTalk broadband service, is refusing to comply with their demand.

Dunstone says it is not their responsibility to police file sharers.

"The music industry has been fighting a losing battle to prevent people from swapping songs for nothing on the internet," said Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent.

Dunstone, whose TalkTalk broadband is Britain's third biggest internet provider, said the demands are unreasonable and unworkable.

Despite threats of legal action, he said his firm will refuse to cooperate with the BPI.

The BPI said internet firms need to educate their customers not to steal music.

They claim that if they do not help with the fight against music piracy, then the government will bring in legislation to make them cooperate.

The British Phonographic Industry website claims illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing has cost British music sales an estimated £1.1bn in revenue lost in the last three years.


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