As if the Conroy Filter wasn’t bad enough, a pending lawsuit against iiNet looks set to determine whether Internet Service Providers will become the new arbiter of copyright law. They are being sued for refusing to terminate the service of a user alleged to have illegally downloaded copyright material. iiNet instead chose to turn the material over to police, wanting the courts to be responsible for determining whether the evidence established that a user had violated copyright. According to the copyright holders, that’s not good enough – their say-so (without giving the user an opportunity to respond) should be good enough.
Dan Warne at APC magazine has an examination of the legal issues, along with copies of the legal documents. Between this and a proposed legal obligation to filter inappropriate content, it looks like ISPs are at the heart of the new digital nanny state.