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UK ISPs fight back over licensing of legal content

The UK creative industries have demanded that ISPs start disconnecting users accused of repeated online copyright infringement. Ars Technica spoke to the ISPA earlier this week:

the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) said that it agreed with creative industry calls for “the safe and secure delivery of legal content.” Getting access to this content remains difficult, though, and ISPA notes that “Internet companies remain extremely frustrated by the ongoing difficulties in securing licensing that is needed to offer consumers legal alternatives through new models of online content distribution. It is our view that legislation on enforcement should only be introduced on the condition that the rights holder industry commits to significant licensing reform.”

The ISPA sends a clear message that the rights holders should do a better job of licensing legal content, instead of expecting them to act as police for the music and film industry.

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