In what can be seen by many as yet another sign of tough internet piracy laws being enacted in near future, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has expressed his intention of coming out with three strikes rule to disconnect persistent file sharers.
Expressing his rationale behind introducing such a move which is essentially based on a similar French rule, Lord Mandelson mentioned that the extent of online piracy in Britain is worrying.
He went on to add “I was shocked to learn that only one in 20 music tracks in the UK is downloaded legally. We cannot sit back and do nothing.”
While Lord Mandelson’s proposals have found support from the music industry, it has drawn widespread criticism from different rights groups which claim the idea of disconnecting a user is extremely harsh.
They also point out that enforcing such a rule may not be entirely without flaws and many innocent people may suffer on account of allegations that may be difficult to substantiate in a court of law.
It is interesting to note that while Lord Mandelson has firmed up his opinion to deal strongly with illegal file sharers, he has also requested the music industry to offer cheaper content that users can easily download.
This is going to be extremely interesting and likely to cause much harm to the current government especially if the opposition chooses to remain quiet on the matter. Will the government go ahead and disconnect tens of thousands of file sharers a few months before the general elections?