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Trial and error tackling online copyright infringement

Spotted this news item today in the Guardian today: UK policy makers are struggling to find workable policy solutions that can bridge gaps between the interests of rights holders, consumers, and internet service providers (ISPs).

 “Government scraps plan to block illegal filesharing websites

 “A consultation document … said that ministers intend to do more work on what other measures can be pursued to tackle online copyright infringement in an effort to stop widespread music piracy, which is increasingly spreading to television and film…

[Cable recognised] that more needs to be done to crack down on illegal filesharing to protect the copyright holders, but nevertheless backed down on introducing site blocking legislation…”The basic philosophy is we do recognise the need for protection, but it has to be protection that’s proportionate to needs and based on evidence.”

Problems are often connected to the stick approach.  As well as legislation to allow the blocking of sites by ISPs there is the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.  From TechEye.net, “Vince Cable: You can own your own property”:

“DRM is a means for companies to stop you from copying your own content, mostly due to fears of piracy, but it stops users from legitimately enjoying property that they have legally bought. You know, in shops”

The Guardian article highlighted this problem too, “We can’t say that businesses should embrace technology but say to consumers they can’t use technology for products they have paid for

TechEye.net said the Digital Economy Act was much criticised, and rushed legislation can come back to haunt.  The issue of online copyright infringement is a moving target which needs careful consideration.  However, in the meantime rights holders must be frustrated with the amount of time this careful consideration is taking – they are the ones who are losing out financially in the meantime.  It seems highly probable that sticks are not going to be enough, not whilst the technology can move faster than the law making.  But are carrots enough, especially as building them into a profitable business model remains somewhat elusive?

Intermediaries’ role in online copyright enforcement; a study

Article on the Media Law Prof Blog earlier this month linking to a paper entitled “Global Trends in Online Copyright Enforcement: a Non-Neutral Role for Network Intermediaries?”.  This is a topic we have pondered on once or twice on the CAS-IP blog, specifically regarding the changing rules of engagement against online piracy.  This paper, written by Jeremy de Beer and Christopher D. Clemmer is an extensive look at the issues, pressures for change, and the action-reaction of shifts in policy in a number of jurisdictions. Implications are complicated, and the environment is ever changing. The paper ends by saying:

“Whether or not intermediaries should ultimately play a more active preventative role in online copyright enforcement remains an open question. That question can be answered in an intelligent manner only if lawmakers and policymakers are informed about its broader context and implications. This article has demonstrated that a major policy shift in the global governance of online intermediaries is taking place with little or no deliberate consideration of the substantive matter, the reasons why such a shift may be happening, or even full realization that the shift is occurring at all.”

Some practical steps on how to “detect, fight and report the unlicensed republication of your content”

An interesting article on Robin Good’s media blog today provides some practical steps to deal with online plagiarism.

The item collates links to relevant articles and sites to help deal with this growing problem.  From free tools to detect plagiarism to how to report unauthorised re-use of your content.  It’s a great selection of resources – thanks Robin Good!