Uncommon Wisdom

Aug 26 2009   11:42AM GMT

Internet piracy regulation: The Industrial Revolution evolution

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

The UK’s regulatory arm, Ofcom, is considering a set of procedures aimed at reducing online piracy, and these include shutting off the Internet services of offenders who ignore repeated warnings.

The move is the latest in a series of European initiatives, some of which have stalled (France comes to mind), and it represents in our view a combination of new pressure from content producers to protect their legitimate rights and concerns that loss of intellectual property protection could be a major threat to evolved economies that can’t rely on industrial production any longer.

How much actual lobbying people like the RIAA have done here is hard to say, but whatever is happening is working—in part because P2P sharing is a major traffic source and financial burden to operators.

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