The Guardian has a feature rounding up some of the ISP opposition to the UK government’s Digital Economy bill, and while it could be characterised as the usual suspects, their opinions are no less forceful. “Illegal activities are bad,” says TalkTalk’s Andrew Heaney. “They should be discouraged and stopped. But you can’t stop people getting hold of illegal content. What this bill has is a lot of sticks, and no carrots.” Meanwhile, ISPA boss Nick Lansman – who’s shared a platform with the music industry before espousing a spirit of co-operation – also hits out. “If you can’t get something – such as the Beatles back catalogue, which isn’t available for download legally online – then people will find a way go acquire it.”
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