ISPs Responsibility Aspect

President of RIAA, Cary Sherman, said that the law should address Internet service providers’ involvement and their responsibilities to stop illegal file-sharing (Kravets, 2010).However, ISPs are not going to side with the music industries voluntarily because they do not have incentives to do so. Some people suggest ISPs to charge their subscribers a supplemental fee which is deemed to be music tax. This suggestion seems to be feasible because ISPs only need to increase subscribers’ monthly fee. As a result, music companies can bring into more revenues from all Internet users. Regardless, ISPs would not voluntarily increase their broadband fee without legislative regulations because that would discourage consumers from subscribing to their services.

In fact, governments in some countries forced ISPs to take actual actions. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France issued the graduated-response policies that require ISPs to cooperate with music companies in 2009 (McGuinness, 2010). In response to the three strike proposition, some Internet users argue that there are violations of consumers’ right if ISPs keep track of their online activities which include downloading and uploading music. In the United States, major Internet services providers have refused to adopt the three strikes strategies proposed by RIAA.

Similar anti-piracy measures are observed in United Kingdom and New Zealand which they also call graduated-response. These policies demands that ISPs issue warnings to offenders and require them to stop illegal file-sharing. This option is apparently better than suing thousands of individuals, a legal action that RIAA did six years ago.

Here comes the ISPs’ responsibility since they are the one who have control over the Internet traffic. Regulators can make anti-piracy be the duty of ISPs because naturally, they have no incentives to against the pirates. Besides, it is not just illegal file-sharing activities on the Internet. The majority activities on the Internet such as blogging, news reading, file-sharing are legitimate. If regulators want to make anti-piracy be the duty of the ISPs, they also need to offer them a mechanism or an incentive to do so.

For more information about music piracy (from UK)


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