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Graduated Response Upheld Again

April 21, 2011

The UK passed a graduated response statute last year that drove the anti-copyright crowd berserk (and which nearly had an orphan works section that would have allowed the wholesale exploitation of orphan works through a bad case of moral hazard until it was removed at the request of visual artists, but that’s another story).

Needless to say, the British cousins of the EFF other fake charities jumped right on a legal challenge brought by two UK ISPs getting extraordinarily bad advice.  They lost at the UK High Court this week.

In the words of the Trades Union Congress General Secretary Brendan Barber as reported by The Register, the victory is “a major boost to people who work in the creative industries and whose livelihoods are put at risk because creative content is stolen on a daily basis. Rather than individuals being hauled into court, the DEA makes it possible to conduct a mass consumer education programme to give people the information they need to avoid using illegal sites in the future. The industry will finally be able to start repairing the damage wreaked by piracy.”

If you needed yet another example of how the EFF and its affiliates oppose working people, this would be it.  I find it hard to square being “pro-consumer” but against workers.

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