Getting ISPs to disconnect customers who are repeatedly caught sharing music illegally is the hot new theory when it comes to copyright protection, although ISPs’ willingness to do it varies. However, the European Parliament has now weighed in, narrowly voting to signal its opposition to the idea (by 314-297 votes). According to a spokesperson, MEPs “want to strike a balance between the interests of rights holders and those of consumers, and that big measures like cutting off Internet access shouldn’t be used”. The vote isn’t binding, so it won’t stop voluntary agreements between ISPs and the music industry, or even government legislation in this area.

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