Parents whose children download music and films illegally will be blacklisted and have their internet access curbed under government reforms to fight online piracy.
Households that ignore warnings will be subjected to online surveillance and their internet speeds will be reduced, making it very difficult for them to download large files.
The measures, the first of their kind in the world, will be announced today by Baroness Vadera, who brokered the deal between internet service providers and Ofcom, the telecoms body.
A few thoughts:
- This obviously only makes sense if New Labour essentially sees the internet as a toy and not a means of political communication. There goes e-goverment.
- Sippenhaft was a principle last employed by the Germans during … oh, the dark ages.
- Having lawyers and lobbyists is very important in UK politics.
- This is another case of the fact that you exist for the entertainment industry’s benefit, not the other way round. (“DVD Regions”, anyone?)
These are complicated issues and lots more could be said, but for now this is yet another indication that neither the entertainment industry nor governments have really “got” the internet.
Update: Oh, and by the way the music industry is really helpful when it comes to Digital Rights issues.