• Australian file sharers may see three strike policy
  • Australian file sharers may see three strike policy
    Written by battye
    Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:14 am

    Australia's recently elected Kevin Rudd government is seriously considering a "three strikes and you're out" policy for file sharing, senator Steven Conroy said to the Sydney Morning Herald. Some websites suggest such a policy is un-Australian as it reflects American baseball - I have to agree, perhaps 10 outs as in cricket would be more appropriate.

    The proposal would see internet service providers play a major policing role online. This is a role emphasised amid the government's pre-election promise of implementing online pornography filters. On many Australian internet forums, many users are already crying invasion of privacy.

    As apcmag.com reports though, it took Telstra - Australia's leading ISP - several years to consolidate bills for users, so users should not be worried that ISP's policing P2P transfers will occur overnight. To get a warnings system up and running could well take several years alone.

    Another hurdle will be differentiating legal downloads from illegal downloads of copyrighted material. BitTorrent, one of the most popular download clients, while used to download many movies and music files illegally, is also used by many people to legally download podcasts and other large files.

    The three strike policy could see the following set of guidelines being used:

    - First strike: a warning sent to the user
    - Second strike: a second warning sent to the user followed by a temporary internet ban
    - Third strike: the user is banned (assumed permanently)
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