The Government is Thinking About Making Piracy Blocking Easier

By Tom Pritchard on at

The government doesn't like it when people pirate stuff, because the rights holders complain and take up valuable time that could be better spent torpedoing Brexit negotiations or trying to make fun of Jeremy Corbyn. So it's no surprise that it's thinking about streamlining the whole 'piracy takedown' process. That way things don't have to go through the High Court every. single. time.

This isn't the first time we've heard about this either. Back in June the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced that it was mulling over plans that would make it cheaper and easier the rights holders to enforce their copyright. Now, though, despite stating that recent prosecutions show that anti-piracy enforcement is working, Sam Gyimah, Minister for Intellectual Property, has announced more options are being considered. Specifically streamlining the process of getting piracy blocks put in place.

Currently rights holders need to have an injunction approved by the High Court before ISPs will block customers' access to infringing sites or material. The IPO now believes there's a chance to achieve this same level of enforcement without actually having to get the courts involved:

“Consider the evidence for and potential impact of administrative site blocking (as opposed to requiring a High Court injunction in every case), as well as identifying the mechanisms through which administrative site blocking could be introduced."

Because there are obvious workarounds for this sort of blocking, as is always the case, the IPO is also reiterating the need to go after the facilitators. Those that develop the apps that actually give people acess to infringing content in the first place.

“Work to identify disruptions that may be applied at other points in the supply chain, for example App developers, and further develop our understanding of the effect of new generation smart TVs on how this infringement occurs."

On top of all that the government wants to conduct some research to find out why people are pirating in the first place - in order to find ways to encourage them not to do such a bad thing in future. I can save them time and money, though, and point out that people mainly seem to pirate because they don't have better ways of accessing content. Whether it be lack of availability, or lack of funds necessary to pay for everything they want to watch legally. Not that the government will likely do anything about that, however. [TorrentFreak]