Australia- Three strikes piracy policy on hold

Once I was on the side of copyright forces, but I’ve changed my stance completely due to the invasions of privacy that underpin their enforcement operations. Three strikes was going to be the program, but Gizmodo reports the plan has been put on hold as the participants can’t agree on a cost or administration regime.

Remember when copyright holders were planning a “three-strikes” scheme in Australia? You know, the one where Internet Service providers would have to send a letter each time you er, “acquired” the latest episode of Game of Thrones without paying for it? And if you got three in a year you’d be taken to court?

It was supposed to begin in September this year, but has been put on hold until April next year after the ISPs and copyright holders couldn’t reach an agreement on who would be responsible for the costs involved in administrating such a huge undertaking — which includes the letters themselves, contacting offenders and answering the anticipated influx of angry phone calls.

Read more at Gizmodo.