Earlier this month, we reported on anti-piracy proposals put forward by a collection of Australian ISPs. They mooted the idea of an 18-month trial of educational and warning letters, but with no actual sanctions built in. Are rightsholders happy?
Well, the Australian Content Industry Group (ACIG) isn’t, with its spokesperson Vanesa Hutley telling Billboard that the proposal “falls well short of the expectations we had had for an open, balanced and fair solution”. ACIG represents Australian music industry body ARIA as well as the Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit. Hutley says ACIG is particularly unhappy at the fact that rightsholders will ultimately be responsible for taking legal action against persistent file sharers, although she clarifies that “we’ve never called for termination of consumers’ and subscribers’ rights”.