Mollet: ISPs have "obligation" to crack down on piracy

Mollet: ISPs have "obligation" to crack down on piracy

<p>Internet service providers have an &quot;obligation&quot; to crack down on pirated material but some are refusing to do anything about illegal downloads, the Publishers Assocation has claimed.</p><p>Speaking at this morning&#39;s Futurebook conference in London, PA c.e.o. Richard Mollet said greater collaboration was needed between the technology and creative sectors to tackle copyright infringement online.</p><p>He said: &quot;There are some great examples of technology companies working in close accord with the creative sector, and driving digital revenues. But unfortunately, there are also many examples where companies, like some internet service providers, are not doing all they could to work with us.</p><p>&quot;It is sometimes said the creative sector needs to come up with new business models, but the business practices of some tech companies need looking at too. ISPs have the means and indeed the obligation to do something about the vast amount of infringing material coursing through their networks every day, but some refuse to do anything about it.&quot;</p><p>Mollet added the problem also extended to search engines with &quot;suggested search&quot; terms, which he said guides internet users to the door of &quot;blatantly infringing sites&quot;.</p><p>He added: &quot;Best practice in the publishing, music, and other creative businesses shows that when there is a genuine partnership with the tech sector, the results are fantastic. Collaborating on developing new services and ensuring creators are rewarded, benefits the companies involved and,<br />most importantly, consumers. But when creators meet with opposition and indifference from the tech sector, everyone loses out.&quot;</p><p>Mollet said piracy hurts all aspects of the publishing industry and everyone with a stake in its future. However, in order to sufficiently tackle this, a three-pronged approach of information, innovation and enforcement was needed.<br /><br /> </p>