Ofcom issues draft 3 strikes code for ISP’s

UK regulator Ofcom has issued a consultation paper on the draft Initial Obligations Code, under which the ‘3 strikes’ rules for copyright infringement will be implemented.

This article by Andrew Cormack of UK educational ISP ja.net details some of the problems in the rules.

  • Institutions and businesses may be classified as subscribers and thus over-vulnerable, leading to restrictive practices.
  • Community services and libraries may be compelled to log proof of id of all users.

Cormack notes that these provisions are in direct conflict with the UK Government’s digital inclusion policies.