Debating graduated response at the Center for Democracy and Technology

February 5th, 2010 by Barry Sookman Leave a reply »

The US Center for Democracy and Technology recently hosted a debate about the pros and cons of graduated responses systems. The debate can be seen below.  

As Canada considers its options for copyright reform, we should be focusing not on whether we should implement graduated response, but on how we ought to do it.

France, the UK, and New Zealand have shown the way. Representatives from Belgium and now Turkey have also expressed support for implementing  such a regime. Yesterday’s iiNet decision in Australia shows that self-regulatory approaches may not work out as expected. And, economists like Professor Bomsel tell us that graduated response is the best way to internalize the externalities associated with copyright infringement to address online file sharing that is hurting creators and the creative industries.

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