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Is ISPA on the side of the file-sharers when it comes to IP and copyright? A close reading of the 11th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards – dished out yesterday evening - suggests that they might not be as hostile as some other trade bodies. Last night, Vulture Central hacks toddled along to Grosvenor Square to sit through 14 …


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  1. Robert Ramsay

    dunno why they're so down on Status Quo.

    "We have to work together – the status quo is not good enough."

  2. YumDogfood

    Get well soon (pass the paracetamol)

    Ah! So the Moderatrix is on "Holiday" after last nights bash. I geddit.

  3. Mectron

    Missed the point completly

    Internet Hero: Pirate bay

    Internet Vilain: MPAA/RIAA

    it as been like this since the pirate was founded and since the first lawsuit again napster.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Re : Robert Ramsay

    Totally agree, Status Quo were feckin' brilliant

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    Is ISPA on the side of the file-sharers when it comes to IP and copyright?

    Irrelevant. They are on whoever's side makes them the largest profit. Like politicians, they are primarily in it for No. 1. Trying to spin that they are "standing up for consumer rights" is specious.

    And for the record (no pun intended), the internet is and will increasingly be used to share files. Regardless of the pseudo rights and wrongs of what is being transferred, no one will ever stop that. The internet is fundamentally incompatible with control freakery. Period.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    "14 assorted awards". CEOP.

    "14 assorted awards"

    How about telling us a bit about the other 12 awards as well then? Here they are, in case you've lost your notes.

    I'd be particularly interested to hear how a WiMax ISP with negligible coverage outside its core bases of MK, Warwick, and Manchester managed to win "Best Mobile Business ISP". By piggybacking on 3's network, perhaps:


    It's also interesting that although you mention CEOP, as far as I'm aware you have not mentioned the news earlier this month that CEOP's big "success story", Operation Ore, is now subject to one of its cases (as a test case on behalf of many others) being referred to the Court of Appeal.

  7. JimC

    >So is ISPA going soft on file-sharing?

    Well of course they are: without it they'd be down a large slab of their turnover...

  8. Dave Bell

    The times they are a-changin'

    From the point of view of megacorporate America, the one critical failing of Billy Bragg is that he's a socialist, or worse.

    (And why should the Devil own all the best tunes?)

  9. Anonymous Coward

    Go on MPAA/RIAA

    Its about time somebody praised the MPAA/RIAA for defending the law!

    I know this comment wont go down well amongst the freetards here, but sc*** you criminal!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I still cant figure out how the ISPs have any responsibility for copyright "theft".

    If a person commits an offence on the road, using the public highway and a car, are the car company or roads department liable? No.

    If a person uses a telephone to commit fraud, are the telephone company liable? No.

    How then is any file-sharing activity the responsibility of a carrier? Its just a pipe.

    Or am I being naive?

  11. Gritzwally Philbin

    Cops 'n' Robbers..

    "We want to change the focus away from music companies calling for people to be cut from the internet."

    Well.. duh! Who'da thunk it.. the ISP's favoring keeping customers. Now there's a novel approach to business..

  12. El Richard Thomas

    Villain award

    Just give it to Ricky Ponting, he can take it home instead of the Ashes.

    (OK, OK, England fan here clinging on to hope like an alkie to his last can of Special Brew!)

  13. Gav

    Concerning the bleedin' obvious

    So ISPs aren't keen on their customers being cut off for their behaviour, thereby losing their subscription revenue. They're also not keen on being the ones to pay for expensive internet filtering hardware.

    Staggering... This isn't ISPs wishing "reasonableness". This is ISPs simply looking after their own interests. Nothing wrong with that, but hardly worthy of a pat on the back.

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