PublishedAugust 28, 2009

CCIA Equates British Proposal To Bad Movie Plot, A Plot Against Democracy

A British proposal to cut Internet access to alleged copyright infringers is under criticism from civil rights and other groups. This week Britain’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills announced a proposal for legislation that would force Internet Service Providers to slow or suspend the accounts of customers suspected of illegally downloading copyrighted music or videos.

The Internet Services Providers’ Association in Britain called the proposal too heavy-handed in proportion to the alleged violation. Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association added its concerns about turning ISPs into copyright police.

The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“The concept of ISPs as copyright police issuing a punishment without a conviction sounds like the plot of a new suspense thriller – not a policy that should actually be considered by countries with a history of democracy like Great Britain or the United States.

“Regardless of whether the technological tools that would make it possible for ISPs to become copyright police are effective, they are the same tools that would allow China, Burma or other governments to censor and spy on their citizens.

“We understand why the RIAA may want to attempt such arrangements with ISPs after the backlash that resulted from going after students and others in court and winning six and seven-figure fines. But we would encourage the British Parliament and our own Congress to look further down the pathways this creates — not just in cyberspace — but in a democracy. They should weigh the cost of this heavy-handed enforcement and adopt policies that are more consistent with our history of civil rights and liberties.”

 

  • Press Releases

CCIA’s Response To President Biden’s State Of The Union Address

Washington – In his State of the Union address President Biden pointed to signs of economic progress, but then criticized companies contributing to that success.  Digital services in the connec...
  • Press Releases

CCIA Submits Comments, Testifies On Maryland Biometric Privacy Proposal

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered written comments Tuesday and will testify Wednesday on Maryland’s proposed Biometric Data Privacy Act, a bill regulating...
  • EU
  • CCIA
  • Press Releases

CCIA Strengthens Brussels Office With New AI and Competition Policy Hires

Brussels, BELGIUM – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) is pleased to welcome two new staffers to its Brussels office. Aleksandra Zuchowska joins CCIA as Competit...