Calls for UK ISPs to create copyright infringement database

The UK government recently announced that internet service providers will be obliged to introduce default porn filters from 2014. Now the music and film industry is lobbying for ISPs to create a database to capture the details of users who repeatedly commit copyright infringements.

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Copyright infringement database

Representatives from Britain’s music and film industry will meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron on 12th September 2013 to discuss proposals to support the industry. Internet piracy will be one of the topics discussed, The Guardian reports.

It is understood that the music and film industry are calling on the UK’s biggest internet service providers, BT, Virgin Media, BskyB and Talk Talk, to join a voluntary code on combating illegal piracy.

The code foresees the creation a database of users who repeatedly infringe copyright. Continued copyright infringements will then with increasingly severe sanctions ranging from warnings, reducing internet connection speed, blocking certain websites, disconnection and further legal steps.

Data protection

It is questionable whether the proposed ISP database would be compatible with British data protection legislation under which users’ personal data may only be saved for commercial purposes, such as invoicing.

For this reason the ISP Virgin Media believes the music and film industry’s proposals are unfeasible.

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Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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