|Local copyright holders are urging ISPs to take tougher measures against online piracy, accusing them of generating millions in profit from copyright infringement. In response, local Internet service provider Bahnhof rejected the claims as "pure nonsense" and said it is not the piracy police.
The Black Market Watch group has just published a report in Sweden urging for increased cooperation from advertisers and broadband providers, while accusing them of “handsomely profiting from their inaction” and generating about $230m from piracy, which even more than the pirate sites themselves earn. According to the group, the ISPs are in a unique position to prevent copyright violation, because they are able to see what their subscribers do online and have the means to block websites.
In response, Bahnhof refuted these calls and discredited the profit claims, saying that the task of an ISP is to ensure an Internet with free movement, not playing cops. In the meantime, copyright owners dream of seeing a series of measures being introduced to fight piracy, such as easier domain name seizures, improved anti-piracy efforts from law enforcement and service providers, as well as education of users about the risks of piracy.
As for Bahnhof, it believes that it already does enough to alert subscribers about unsafe websites and is ready to assist law enforcement. However, the ISP doesn’t see itself proactively policing its network to catch pirates. If there is merit to the Swedish legislation, the ISP is ready to help the police if they prove that the servers are being used for unauthorized activities.
The main problem is that the rights owners want the ISP to go directly against one of its core goals – protecting the privacy of subscribers. Bahnhof stressed that it has fought hard to guarantee this right in recent years. The ISP is opposed extensive data retention requirements, launched a free VPN to its subscribers, and promised to protect them from a looming copyright troll invasion. In other words, the copyright holders can hardly expect much voluntary cooperation from the company. At the same time, the Black Market Watch report suggests that copyright owners should lobby for a new legislation from Swedish lawmakers to force the stakeholders into action.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
|posted by (2016-08-05 06:02:14)|
|Now that is the way all providers should be !!! GREAT JOB Bahnhof Quot -- "protecting the privacy of subscribers Bahnhof stressed that it has fought hard to guarantee this right in recent years. The ISP is opposed extensive data retention requirements, launched a free VPN to its subscribers, and promised to protect them from a looming copyright troll invasion." If they was in the USA I would be there customer !||
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