The UK government recently announced a deal with ISP’s that would punish parents whose children download music and films illegally. The parents will be blacklisted and have their Internet access curbed. Initially parents would have a warning period, under a rule similar to a measure under consideration in France (“three strikes and you’re out”). However, parents that ignore warnings would be subjected to on-line surveillance and their Internet speeds will be purposely reduced. More available here. Also, the Guardian reports that this move is related to an overall goal of decreasing illegal file-sharing of music and films in the UK by up to 80% over the next three years.
Will ASCAP and RIAA try to broker a similar deal in the US?