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British intellectual property advisor puts the burden of catching pirated content on ISPs

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British intellectual property advisor puts the burden of catching pirated content on ISPs
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Mike Weatherly, advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron on intellectual property issues, presented a report on the subject of combating piracy in the United Kingdom. Specifically, Weatherly believes. that piracy should be fought by the providers themselves, both of the Internet and of Internet services.
One of the key topics of the 18-page report – the need to incentivize ISPs to "proactively" filter content. According to the advisor, ISPs should monitor pirated content on their own and prevent its further distribution.
Weatherly urges ISPs to get creative about stopping piracy, and not just block resources pointed out to them by copyright activists, but also search for and block all similar files online.
"This means that Internet and digital service providers themselves eliminate multiple copies of the same work that is posted on their services, not just the copy complained about, " the advisor explains. The MPA (Music Publishers Association) believes that this principle can be extended to the point where it is possible to make sure that all copies of a work are eliminated completely."
Weatherly admits that it is difficult to require providers to police themselves, but at the same time argues that they have a "moral obligation" to do more than what they can do now. How ISPs should technically search the Internet for similar content and block it, the advisor does not specify.
Counsel also believes that the issue of copyright protection takes precedence over the principle of non-interference with privacy and no surveillance of citizens’ actions. "There are still questions about whether the public will want their actions monitored (albeit automatically and completely confidentially), " adds Weatherly, "and whether the move toward a safer and more honest Internet is worth the price to pay for eliminating illegal activity on the Internet. I vote yes.
Previously, this fighter for the rights of oppressed owners of intellectual rights insisted on the need for imprisonment for those who participates in filesharing , urged to teach copywriting basics in schools and Demanded that search engines improve their content filtering system to exclude illegal material from search results.
This document, of course, will not translate directly into law, but will be scrutinized by the UK government and the European Commission for final decisions.

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