Keine Three-Strikes für England (UPDATE)

David Lemmy, Englands „Copyright-Minister“ (Intellectual Property Minister) hat in einem Interview mit der Times Online bekanntgegeben, dass die britische Regierung die Pläne für eine Three-Strikes-Regelung, nach der Raubkopierern nach mehreren Warnungen die Leitung gekappt wird, aufgegeben hat. Eine solche Regelung ist wohl wegen allerlei rechtlichen Problemen nicht durchzusetzen. Wie das jetzt zu den Plänen passt, nach denen man die ISPs zwingen will, den Traffic zu durchleuchten, ist mir auch schleierhaft, aber eine gute Nachricht ist das allemal.

Internet service providers will not be forced to disconnect users who repeatedly flout the law by illegally sharing music and video files, The Times has learnt.

Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, said last year that the Government had “serious legislative intent” to compel internet companies to cut off customers who ignore warnings not to pirate material.

However, in an interview with The Times, David Lammy, the Intellectual Property Minister, said that the Government had ruled out legislating to force ISPs to disconnect such users.

Speaking ahead of the publication of a report on the future of Britain's digital industries, Mr Lammy said that there were very complex legal issues wrapped up in enforced disconnection. He added: “I'm not sure it's actually going to be possible.”

Music pirates will not be disconnected from the internet (via Gulli)

[update] Ars Technica zum Thema:

Lammy talked proportionality in an interview with the UK's Times this weekend, comparing song-swapping to soap stealing. "We can't have a system where we're talking about arresting teenagers in their bedrooms," he said. "People can rent a room in an hotel and leave with a bar of soap--there's a big difference between leaving with a bar of soap and leaving with the television." (The music industry shot back by saying that the theft of millions of bars of soap would in fact be a serious problem.)

Lammy also indicated that disconnection would likely not be on the table, due to the legal issues that might surround the program.