The policies and regulation against the sharing of copyright protected material on the Internet are getting stricter. In the beginning there were legal and economic sanctions, such as fines. Then, Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems were built into programs and electronic devices. Nowadays, the gatekeepers and locks are starting to be put in place on the Internet itself.
“Gradual response” and “three strikes” are names attributed to policies that establish that if a person is caught sharing copyright protected material on the Internet, he or she will receive three notifications. After the third one, the person will lose access to the Internet, in addition to other applicable sanctions. This kind of regulation is already in place in France and is being discussed in Britain.
There are many polemic issues regarding the adoption and enforcement of such policies. Are they effective? What are the consequences for the privacy of Internet users? What are the future consequences for the culture of production and dissemination of content? Is this regulation aimed at protecting the authors or protecting the business models of entertainment industries? Should people be allowed to have free access to copyright protected material? Is access to the Internet a commodity, sold by service providers, or a fundamental right, and hence, could not be denied?
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