UK says three strikes is coming, but not until 2014

Under new proposals from the British media regulator Ofcom, internet providers will start sending warning letters to those accused of illegal filesharing in 18 months — and will be forced to handed people’s data over to copyright holders after three successive hits.

France’s new president poised to strike out 3-strikes law

Content owners have been hoping that France’s controversial HADOPI scheme for disconnecting file-sharers might provide a model for the rest of the world. Now, the fate of the plan is in confusion after last week’s election that brought Socialist Francois Hollande to power.

Europe’s love-hate relationship with anti-piracy laws

Europe’s top officials have regularly moved to strike down punitive anti-piracy laws and protect ISPs from litigation — but recent news from France and Spain show that the debate is far from over at the national level.

ISPs join the copyright fight, put broadband on the line

A new voluntary effort by the major U.S. Internet service providers to help enforce copyright restrictions and protect content owners from pirates, parodists and cheap teens who are sharing files could result in some folks losing access to their broadband.

EU Parliament: Let’s Hunt Some File Sharers

European parliamentarians ratified a report today that is widely seen as an attempt to bring so-called three strikes measures against P2P file sharing back into the spotlight. Three strikes is seen as controversial in Europe, but the report insists that current laws don’t go far enough.

Hadopi Gone Wild: France Plans Spyware for Three Strikes

French government officials recently drafted a proposal for a broad spyware initiative that would log users’ Internet surfing and downloading habits in order to prevent file sharing piracy. The spyware would also block access to certain websites and track the applications installed on a user’s computer.

Paramount COO: Three Strikes Won’t Stop Piracy

Three strikes and you’re out used to be the entertainment industry’s favorite approach against P2P piracy. However, with more and more people moving towards one-click hosters, Paramount COO Frederick Huntsberry is now calling three strikes ineffective, instead calling for laws to have ISPs block pirate websites.

Today in

The official draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has now been posted online. Basically, the copyright sections, drafted largely by the U.S., look a lot like what should have been expected: a Digital Millennium Copyright Act for the rest of the world. ISPs will still have a safe harbor from liability for copyright infringement, but as with the DMCA, it’s contingent on maintaining a policy against infringement, a notice-and-takedown procedure, and terms of service that allow disconnecting repeat infringers. It also adopts the DMCA’s ban on picking digital locks, which could prove interesting given that some ACTA countries (Australia) have already legalized certain types of circumvention.