Friday, February 08, 2008

Verizon reject MPPA call for ISPs to act as copyright police

Verizon executive vice president for public affairs, Tom Tauke, in an interview with the NYT, rejects the movie industry's call for telecos and ISPs to act as copyright police.

"Once you start going down the path of looking at the information going down the network, there are many that want you to play the role of policeman. Stop illegal gambling offshore. Stop pornography. Stop a whole array of other kinds of activities that some may think inappropriate...
When you look back at the history of copyright legislation, there has been an effort by Hollywood to pin the liability for copyright violations on the network that transmits the material. It is no secret they think we have deeper pockets than others and we are easy-to-find targets...
Anything we do has to balance the need of copyright protection with the desire of customers for privacy."

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