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Lord Carter Unveils Plans For Digital Rights Quango

In a move aimed at negotiating the tricky issue of illegal file sharing on the internet, Lord Carter, Britain’s Communication minister has disclosed his plans for creating a "rights agency" in close collaboration with media and internet companies.

Illegal file sharing on the internet is increasing with every passing day and analysts believe that music industry loses over nine billion pounds a year due to online piracy.

Incidentally Lord Carter’s initial strategies to contain online piracy mentioned in his Digital Britain report released in January has failed to enthuse the music industry which believes that it does not have enough to stem the losses.

Lord Carter meanwhile has stressed on the need of a fair arrangement between internet and media companies and has categorically mentioned that in absence of an agreement the government will be left with no option other than bringing in a comprehensive legislation or possibly leaving the industry to its own fate.

Making a reference to the recent issue involving YouTube and Performing Rights society, Lord Carter suggested that variable pricing models need to be figured out for different mediums.

The proposed “rights agency” is expected to make piracy more difficult and will make it easier to trace persistent file sharers while setting commonly accepted standards for justifiable use of copyright protected content.

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Our Comments

Interesting to see that there's yet another governmental agency about to be spawned. Revenue generation is paramount to the long term well-being of the content industry but whether there needs to be another Quango to implement and manage this remains to be seen. It shows however, that the current government is committed to squash illegal activity in the medium term.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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