ISPA is disappointed with the Government’s announcement of a 75:25 rights holder to ISP split for costs of both notification and the appeals process.

ISPA has argued that to maintain consistency with the established principle of beneficiary pays, rights holders should be responsible for all actual costs associated with this.

ISPA strongly believes that the Internet offers excellent opportunities for rights holders to access their target market with relevant lawful content without the significant costs associated with a non-digital environment and views today’s announcement as contrary to the promotion of the digital economy.

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA Secretary General, said, "ISPA has consistently argued for the beneficiary pays principle and is disappointed with today's announcement. Full cost recovery for serious law enforcement cases is an established rule and ISPA sees no reason why it should not be the case here.”


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