With all the current debate going on regarding cost sharing and the Digital Economy Act it is interesting to look into the future to try and see the mess there is going to be when people start getting warning notices and then wanting to appeal against them.
Ths clip below is from The Herts Advertiser24 a local paper in St Albans. It concerns a teenager taken to court for downloading indecent images of children and animals. The teenager had been using Limewire to download porn but had not realised that his PC was being seeded with other images and did not in fact know they were there.
The judge took five minutes to dismiss the case based on insufficient evidence. What is going to happen when a teenager’s parents, the bill payers for the broadband connection, are accused of Copyright Infringement under the DEAct. Not only are they not the ones infringing copyright but the person doing the infringing (ie the teenager) may not have know that he was sharing a specific file. I’m not a judge but I forsee some short court cases with lengthy appeals.