Copyright advocates are lobbying countries negotiating the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), including the U.K. One of the laws sought by protectionists is for ISPs to cut off Internet service to 'convicted' illegal file sharing users. British Telecom chief executive Ian Livingston is perhaps concerned with that level of prosecution, which is potentially a threat to long term revenues for the company. I.P. based networks will be integrated with the Internet network including voice and television broadcast services. The BBC quotes Livingston's position as;
British Telecom's chief executive, Ian Livingston, says illegal file-sharers should be fined rather than have their internet accounts cut off.
He and other industry figures have written to the Financial Times urging changes to the Digital Economy Bill. Mr Livingston says plans to suspend internet access for file-sharers goes against natural justice.
Instead he is calling for fines which those accused of downloading could choose to pay, or fight in court. He said this alternative approach would "create a fund" and "you get some good, rather than getting some hurt out of people infringing copyright".
Ian Livingston has been Chief Executive of BT since June of 2008. Details of Britain's Digital Economy Bill can be found here.