Wednesday December 14, 2016

Unfounded Piracy Claims Shouldn’t Lead to Internet Cut-Offs

This is the problem I have with the current state of the legal system. If you were accused of shoplifting, the system is a multi-step process of accused / trial / punishment, and this is carried out by the courts. If you are accused of piracy, no proof other than an IP address is required. No investigation, no trial, no due process, your ISP will cut off your internet access at the request of the rightsholder. frown

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is drawing attention to a worrying development where ISPs see themselves forced to disconnect subscribers based on mere piracy allegations. The group sees Internet access as a basic right, not something copyright holders should have control over.