Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trying to stop piracy may be more expensive to ignore it

British ISPs argue that they have more damage to combat piracy than the record companies have today.

The British ISPs are claiming that they have more damage to combat piracy than the record companies have today. The damage, they say, will be almost twice the alleged loss of the music industry if anti-piracy mechanisms are implemented.

Since sharing files over the Web was simple, the entertainment industry engages in a never-ending battle against piracy. According to BIS, the largest conglomerate of the British Phonographic Industry, in 2008 there was a loss of 180 million euros, and in 2009 will be 200 million. Based on these figures the BPI claiming the government's actions, who have analyzed the model using Three Strikes Law on combating piracy, suspending access to the Internet for infringements of copyright on three occasions.

But now the demonstrators - and the opposite position - are Internet service providers. According to the website Ars Technica, the British ISPs are against the anti-piracy laws because they entail a loss of EUR 1 million per day, between losing customers and infrastructure costs. So, have a loss of around 365 million euros, almost double what is today the British Phonographic Industry.

The site quotes a director of British Telecom, John Petter, chief of the division of consumer services at home. Petter said in an interview with Mirror.co.uk, the government's plan to force ISPs to spy on its customers is doomed to failure, but only after you have wasted millions of pounds. "It will be a war of cat and mouse, as the athletes lock with anti-doping. The money spent will probably have very little impact because people who share files will find new ways to cover their tracks. " Even losing the war, the cost needs to be passed on to someone, and second Petter inevitably fall on the consumers themselves.

Moreover, there is the claim that the numbers used to endorse the law are not reliable. According to I4U News Site, the loss of the recording industry is impossible to calculate, since there is no way of knowing what people would buy if they had legal access to it illegally. The contrary argument, that one can download songs that already have the legal rights (to possess the LP or CD artita, for example), also weakens the claim of record.

However, as the article points out the Ars Technica, when the film industry to add their losses due to piracy in the music industry, will be more difficult for providers to put themselves in opposition to anti-piracy laws.