Denmark government has replaced the warning letters to ISPs with the eight new initiatives that aim at “strengthening the development of legal services”
In a recent outbreak, the Minister of Culture in Denmark Uffe Elbæk has curtailed down the possibilities of warning letters being issued to copyright infringers by ISPs.
What is said to be a welcome move, the minister has declared the death of Scandinavian-flavored 3 strikes plans and has announced their replacement with eight new initiatives that would intend at “strengthening the development of legal services” and “motivating users to go for legal solutions”.
The decision came in spite of heavy lobbying endeavors by IFPI that comprised of the RightsAlliance. In addition, the change in government also contributed a lot towards this move as the new minister of culture thankfully starting giving ear to the common sense. Luckily he the in charge of copyright.
The newly proposed initiatives aim at put an end to the symbiotic relationship with the entertainment industry and additionally would guide the Danes varied possibilities to access the online copyright content such as books, music albums and films, legally.
A task force is proposed to come to existence that would “proactively” make the people aware of varied positive alternatives to access the legal material instead of using illegal services for the same.
Leverage of social networks, and the introduction of new legal business models is also well on the cards to abide by this decision positively. Reacting on his initiatives, Elbæk said, “I believe this is the right way to go,”.
Earlier while talking to the media persons in an interview, he gave due credits for the change to the protest campaigns against ACTA that caught the attention of massed all over Denmark earlier this year. He said that the demonstrations “created a political context which made the letter model nearly impossible”.
The Co-founder of the Danish internet think-tank Bitbureauet Henrik Chulu has welcomed the new model but also expressed the possibilities its misuse as he said, “We’re pleased about the news, but there are still problems.
First of all, this cements the problematic DNS-blocking scheme already in place. Secondly, it opens up for DMCA-style notice-and-takedown procedures. As we’ve seen in the US this inevitably leads to abuse because it sidesteps courts and privatizes enforcement.”.
To conclude, in a scenario where the entire world is heavily governed by censorships and the ISPs are asked to put all their users on surveillance for copyright infringement, this move from Danish minister is indeed laudable.
However, whether it would be able to win the grounds that it intends to conquer would still remain the moot point until something substantial comes out.
In any case, seeking the assistance of bypassing tools such as VPN softwares would be preferable for the users if they wish to access the copyright material and avoid the risk of being dragged to legal hassles.
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