Los Angeles – An Australian music industry anti-piracy group backed by all four major labels has stated that it does not intend to pursue termination of Internet accounts as a penalty for illegal file-sharing, TorrentFreak reports.

The statement from Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) general manager Sabiene Heindl to the Sydney Morning Herald comes after a United Nations report indicated the organization considers severing a user’s Internet service a breach of human rights.

The report stated that, “cutting off users from Internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

While the statement from MIPI would appear to apply only in Australia, as TorrentFreak noted, “it would be difficult to see how the Big Four could pursue different anti-piracy strategies in major markets elsewhere.”

Currently, the suspension of Internet connections as a penalty for file-sharing is being experimented with in France, the U.K. and elsewhere.


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