PRS call for internet piracy levy on service providers

August 2010

Internet, music publishing

U.K. royalty collection society PRS for Music is pressing the government there to compel ISPs to compensate the music industry for the unauthorized music downloads made through their services by infringing customers. The group’s chief economist Will Page suggests the move in a white paper that calls for varying tariffs to be paid by ISPs, which would go down in relation to the reduction of illicit file-sharing on their networks.”The desired end game is one of no compensation as there is no pollution of piracy on networks,” writes Page. Some U.K. ISPs have already rejected the idea.  With ISP Talk Talk saying “It would require monitoring of traffic and this has huge implications in respect of directives on privacy and data retention”.

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