UK Parents may be Punished for Childrens’ Piracy

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?


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