As American ISPs prepare to introduce a six-step system of notifications for alleged filesharers, the details of the scheme are being picked over. University of Idaho law professor Annemarie Bridy has published a report that includes praise and criticism of the measures. Praise, because they don’t go as far as schemes in France and Ireland, and because content blocking and filtering isn’t included. Criticism, because “the system lacks the presumption of innocence… it conflicts with a basic principle underlying our justice system—that a person accused of having engaged in illegal conduct is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law”. Bridy also claims that the system by which rightsholders collect IP addresses is not transparent enough.

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