Suing ISPs for Facilitating Breaches of IP Rights is Flawed - The Chief Officers' Network

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (PressExposure) October 12, 2009 -- Media Release: 8 October 2009. Release: immediate

Suing ISPs for facilitating breaches of IP rights is flawed: The Chief Officers' Network

Kuala Lumpur, London, 8 October 2009. (

The Chief Officers' Network, the leading community website for senior officers in businesses all over the world, has published the first part of an article explaining why attacks on ISPs for facilitating theft of intellectual property are flawed.

The article, written by Nigel Morris-Cotterill, formerly a lawyer in private practice in the City of London and long-time commentator on technology, its uses and abuses, explains in layman's terms why attacks on internet service providers and others whose systems are used by file-sharers are misplaced.

In the article, he argues that the fault lies not with ISPs but with the underlying technologies of the internet and that ISPs are merely a soft target. But worse, he argues, some of those suing ISPs and seeking government intervention to protect their intellectual properties actually provide the means for internet users to breach intellectual property rights.

In addition, governments have passed laws, and courts have decided cases, that institutionalise breaches of copyright law. In some cases, this provides for business models to be based entirely upon the replication of material owned by third parties, and makes a presumption that material published on the 'web may be freely replicated.

The series continues tomorrow.

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Notes for editors:

The Chief Officers' Network is a business to business website at

The article is to be found in the Industries section under Internet / Infotech & Comms / Internet

Requests for interview may be made via the contact form at the Group website at

Nigel Morris-Cotterill is a specialist in systems to detect and deter financial crime. He first explained the concept of producing fake websites for the purposes of deceiving customers of financial services businesses in 1996 and demonstrated it to the IT departments of banks, etc. which were at that time beginning to develop a web presence. He was a solicitor in private practice in London before leaving to develop the consultancy which has, over the past 15 years, grown into a group of companies including Vortex Centrum Limited, the publisher of The Chief Officers' Network which, being formed in 1999 with the launch of World Money Laundering Report, is one of the world's longest-established internet-only publishers.

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