The UK Government’s Plan to disconnect filesharers from the internet has been met with deserved criticism.

This plan directly interferes with the ITGS Social & Ethical Issue of Privacy & Anonymity; as it will force ISPs to report illegal activity and ultimately disconnect users; but in a more realistic sense deals with Intellectual Property. The music which belongs to rights-holders is being taken for free.

For the entertainment industry, they are facing record losses. Instead of purchasing records, people are resorting to Peer-To-Peer networks in order to obtain content for free. The stakeholders in this situation are the Rights-Holders to the songs, in the case of record labels/film companies; as well as P2P users, and also the Government- who are instigating this plan.

This relates to the area of impact of Arts & Entertainment, as people are using illegal means in order to obtain media.

I believe this solution is a poor way to deal with falling record sales. Instead of trying to approach the issue and figuring out WHY consumers aren’t purchasing CDs; the entertainment industry has decided to simply go after the pirates.

While I admit to my habit of piracy, I will also admit I spend a lot of money on media as well. I love paying to go to the cinema, gigs, purchasing DVDs, video games, and even the occasional CD. In fact, I could say that I spend more on media than somebody who doesn’t even pirate in the first place.

In the last month, my mother paid to see 2 movies, bought 1 CD, and no DVDs. In comparison, I bought 1 CD, 2 Video Games, 4 DVDs, and paid to see 3 movies at the cinema. Are pirates REALLY threatening the music industry?

Another issue with this plan is that LEGAL file-sharers would be jeopardized. I also use Torrents to download experimental Linux Distributions, films in the Public Domain, as well as free programs. If ISPs are meant to look out for Torrents, I could get disconnected for downloading a 100% legal file. While I could make a call to clarify my innocence; getting decent customer service from BT is like getting trying to get cellular signal in a horror movie.

Entertainment companies should stop wasting time trying to prosecute “criminals”, and spend more time trying to find ways to make consumers WANT to pay for music again.

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