UK Government to push for ISP cooperation
London, 12th February 2008
The international recording industry today welcomed the news that the UK government plans to ensure that ISPs play a far bigger role in combating online music piracy.
The move is a boost for the campaign for ISPs to cooperate with the music and film industries to protect creative content. It follows the Olivennes Agreement of late 2007, when French President Sarkozy worked with ISPs and the recording industry on a plan that will lead to the disconnection of persistent copyright infringers.
Last year also saw the SABAM v Tiscali case in Belgium, when a court ruled that it was feasible and reasonable for the ISP to take measures to prevent illegal file-sharing on peer-to-peer networks.
John Kennedy, Chairman and Chief Executive of IFPI, says: “The tide of opinion is flowing in favour of ISP responsibility. News of the UK government’s proposed consultation paper is very welcome and we hope for swift action from ISPs to disconnect persistent serious copyright infringers.
“The UK joins France in providing international leadership on this issue. ISP cooperation has been the top priority for the recording industry for the last three years. ISPs are the gatekeepers of the internet and it is feasible and reasonable for them to take steps against widespread copyright infringement.”
IFPI’s recent Digital Music Report highlighted the drag that mass copyright infringement is having on the growth of the digital music sector. It is estimated that worldwide there are 20 illegal music downloads for each legitimate track sold.
At the recent Midem music conference Paul McGuinness, the manager of U2, made a powerful speech calling for the telecommunications industry to partner with the creative sector rather than build a business based on copyright abuse.For further information contact:
Alex Jacob, IFPI London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7878 7935 (Press Office)
NOTES TO EDITORS
Link to original press article ('Internet users could be banned over illegal downloads', The Times, 12th February 2008): http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article3353387.ece
IFPI is the organisation that promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. Its membership comprises some 1,400 major and independent companies in more than 75 countries. It also has affiliated industry national groups in 49 countries. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.
Music Industry quotes on ISP cooperation
“The internet must not become a high-tech Wild West, a lawless zone where outlaws can pillage works with abandon or, worse, trade in them in
“I think the failure of ISPs to engage in the fight against piracy, to date, has been the single biggest failure in the digital music
"The fact is that in a commercial culture that doesn't protect intellectual property, today's violator is tomorrow's victim. There are no long-term
winners from growing intellectual property theft."
"Piracy has been able to flourish in an unregulated environment, with unauthorized content circulating abundantly on networks. Governments now need
to wake up, follow the leadership of the French President, properly protect the creative work of artists and address copyright infringement. ISPs
have a unique role to play in the fight against intellectual property theft. Working in partnership with creators, government and consumers, ISPs
can help provide valuable solutions to piracy while at the same time spurring the digital future. The future of the creative industries depends on
“It’s absolutely vital that ISPs are responsible partners with copyright owners and help to ensure their rights are protected. Mass
copyright infringement is harmful to the creative community, content companies and retailers, and that should be a grave concern to ISPs, for whom
music and music services create immense value. Anyone who wants to preserve the rich and diverse flow of music that we enjoy today should be
committed to doing all they can to ensure artists and composers are compensated for their work.”
“A turning tide of opinion is one thing – a concrete programme of action is another. There is only one acceptable moment for ISPs to
start taking responsibility for protecting content – and that moment is now. After years of prevarication in the discussion, the French
government’s decision to seize the day is deeply refreshing. It shows an urgency of approach that is badly needed in every market where music
is today being massively devalued by piracy.”
“Copyright law protects all copyright holders, big or small. It’s a corner stone of modern civilized society. People should stop
attacking it - it's there for the protection of all of us, writers, producers, musicians, playwrights etc. big and small.”
"ISPs are the gatekeepers of the internet - they have the technical means and the moral responsibility to play an important role in protecting
copyrighted content on their networks and to ensure that performers receive fair remuneration for the sale and use of their work on those
Music has gained many new fans across the world due to the internet but the internet has also created a culture of music without reward. Our
challenge now is to work with Government, ISP’s and other suppliers of content to ensure that everyone wins – the fans, the artists and
the companies who invest in music.”
“As the new home of music ISPs need to join the fight to protect the creative industries, from which they profit. ISPs have it in their power
to prevent widespread unauthorised downloading. Withdrawing access to the ISP for these users would be the single biggest tool in creating a
vibrant and legitimate online music market.”
“ISPs are a major beneficiary of music – and they must therefore ensure that the creators of music are given their due. A business
model which is built on mass copyright infringement is a business model without a future. We invite ISPs to assume their responsibilities and to
work with the creative industries to achieve truly sustainable business models. By working together, we can ensure that a thriving digital world is
a tangible reality rather than a mere dream.”
“Illegal peer-to-peer filesharing has been a tool to accelerate and finance the roll out of broadband in Europe, and it has had a
debilitating effect on the cultural industries. By failing to protect the interests of creators, public authorities and legitimate digital
delivery, operators are putting at risk the economy of culture and creative industries."
"Protecting intellectual property rights is essential to the health of the economy. We at the MPA have been working with Internet service providers
on this issue both in the U.S. and abroad. The future is bright and holds boundless opportunities for consumers the world over, but we must all
work together to make that promise a reality."