Copyright Fail

IT News Australia is reporting that film studios are issuing an ultimatum to Aussie ISPs to "get out of the business" if they can't stop copyright infringement. Yes, you read that right!

“They provide a facility that is able to be used for copyright infringement purposes. If they don’t like having to deal with copyright notices then they should get out of the business.

“They’re quite happy to deal with customer complaints or shaping accounts when it comes to making money, but there’s a responsibility which is a requirement of law – one of which is the Copyright Act.”

He's got a point with internet shaping; limits on downloads put Australia at a severe disadvantage to the rest of the world, though I suspect that's not the point he was making.

As to his claim that ISPs facilitate copyright infringement and therefore they should be responsible, I would also like to draw Tony Bannon's attention to these other systems and devices:

That legal advice wasn't free Mr Bannon, and unless you click the Buy Ruben a Coffee button on the side of my page at least three hundred times you're in violation of my copyrights by reading this material for free. Deadbeat.