Film, Music Companies Calling ISPs To Suspend Illegal Downloaders

Could 2008 be the year when ISPs are forced to get tough over illegal online distribution of media content? The upshot of this indecipherable Times story is that they will, in January, enter negotiations with movie distributors who have suggested ISPs suspend service to customers found downloading illegally. Those discussions, which aren’t detailed in the story, are framed by the culture select committee’s 2006/07 report on new media and the creative industries, which acknowledged: “It may be impractical for such businesses to be made legally liable for providing access to certain material, but we believe strongly that the industry should do more to discourage piracy.