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Internet connectionThe Government’s long awaited Digital Britain report has been published, and one of the new watchdog powers it outlines is the ability to order ISPs to cut piracy by 70% within a year. That’s a tall order – is anyone up to the task?

Gordon Brown was proudly announcing plans to help bolster the UK broadband network earlier today, but he forgot to mention one of the harsher measures mentioned in the Digital Britain report: a proposal that demands ISPs cut piracy by 70%.

A proposal in chapter 4 of the Digital Britain would give watchdog Ofcom the mandate to measure illegal filesharing rates (By its own base and standards) and force ISPs who fail to meet targets to start blocking sites and capping download speeds of persistent offenders.

Ouch. ISPs aren’t going to be happy about that one, and not least because they’d be responsible for footing the bill of letters notifying pirates on their networks. It’s far from being passed in to law just yet of course, but the Digital Britain report does signal what steps the Government intends to take to prevent piracy, so expect a big fallout on this, and fast.

Out TBC | £TBC | Digital Britain (Via The Guardian)

  • pop91

    As long as a single music track costs the exorbitant £0.79 (or more) there will be people that will prefer to download it for free. End of.

  • kitcat

    While the music industry continues to rob people of money [changing formats forcing you to 'buy' the new rights for something you already paid for because it went from being on a tape to a disc to an mp3] without upgrade options or a viable alternative, people are going to look for other ways of getting stuff for free. Look how filesharing came about, did it end with Napster? No so why dont multinational corps and the goverment think outside the box instead of trying to make the box. I read a recent study that filesharing actually encouraged people to try new music thereby promoting an artist…if artists are clever enough to work around it to capitalise, by opening their own websites [Keith Caputo prime example of cutting out the middleman - music industry take heed] then surely someone can figure out a compromise? If artists can promote their own music online, then what do we need the overbloated, tainted music industry for…you guys are on the endangered list if you can’t cop on…change or die

  • Spider86

    This is why i love Spotify so much. I used to download loads of tracks over frostwire and utorrent, but most of the music i listen to is on spotify so why download stuff illegally when i can listen to it free on spotify??
    I’m just praying they bring out spotify for mobiles/android/iphone soon, cos that would solve the problem of music on the go.
    Services like spotify really could end music piracy if people get it free and legally, which is why they download anyways.

  • Poppa P

    I like spotify, and what goes best with spotify, “Replay Music 3″ as one door closes another one opens..

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