FBIPiracyWarningStudy after study show that those consumers who pirate material online also tend to legally purchase material online. Essentially, these people are some of the industry’s best customers.

As one study noted:

When asked what would make people stop infringing, people wanted cheaper legal services and services that had everything they want available to them legally, rather than piecemeal efforts that leave it impossible to get what you want much of the time. – TechDirt

Whether the industry likes it or not, the idea of getting content illegally online is mainstream for more and more adults. Rather than lower prices and increase availability, the entertainment industry is under this insane belief that forcing ISP’s to “monitor” the internet will somehow stop piracy.

In the past, the entertainment industry has tried a variety of different tactics. They have tried pushing ISP’s to monitor customers downloads, send warnings to consumers caught pirating and throttle consumers speeds caught pirating. In Time Warner Cable’s case, there was even talk of “temporarily blocking” consumers broadband access for a certain amount of time. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has even blamed Google Fiber for “enabling” piracy.

PiracyFlowChartNow, the Authors Guild is asking Congress to require ISPs to monitor and filter the Internet of pirated materials. As Ars Technica reports, the guild sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee stating asserting that ISPs must be responsible for purging the Internet of infringing content on their own. At the moment, ISP’s are not legally liable for consumers who pirate content as long as the ISP’s remove the content once notified.

It is technology that has enabled the pirate marketplace to flourish, and it is technology alone that has the capacity to keep it in check. – Authors Guild Letter

The letter also asserts that ISPs have the technology and resources to remove pirated works without being notified that pirated content is on their networks.

But we have seen these types of programs before and they fail every time. ISP’s have issues identifying who exactly is downloading what, have issues figuring out what is legal or illegal and consumers are given no due process, privacy, transparency or proportionality.