ISP's and Copyrights

Slashdot just featured an research study done by a group called Bits of Freedom on how ISP’s respond to allegations of copyright abuse.

The test involved setting up 10 copies of a work whose copyright had long expired (1871 was the original copyright date) on 10 separate ISP’s in the Netherlands and creating a fake society and lawyer to make accusations about copyright infringement.

Essentially, they found that most ISP’s have no real clue about copyright law and went ahead and removed the supposedly illegal website.

Interesting findings. Maybe someone should try something of this scale in the U.S.