Will European ISPs be forced to block illegal content?

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) is standing by its claim that UK ISPs should not have to block illegal content sent over their infrastructure despite a court ruling in Belgium, which could change the status quo.Speaking Wednesday in the wake of the recent ruling in a Belgian court, a representative of ISPA maintained that ISPs should not be “set up to play judge and jury” over alleged copyright infringement.Last week, a Belgian court ruled that the ISP Scarlet — formerly Tiscali — had the technology available to it to block or filter copyright-infringing material being sent over its network via peer-to-peer traffic, and had six months to start doing so.The judgment drew praise from John Kennedy, chief executive of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, who said it proved that “the Internet’s gatekeepers, the ISPs, have a responsibility to help control copyright-infringing traffic on their networks.”http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Will-European-ISPs-be-forced-to-block-illegal-content-/0,130061791,339279883,00.htmhttp://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,39287968,00.htm

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