AOL TW, Intel ask U.S. to sit on piracy sideline

Partnership wants private solution to illegal WWW use

AOL Time Warner and Intel issued a joint plea Tuesday urging the government to stand back and let the private sector lead the fight against Internet piracy.

The statement officially unites the content and technology giants in a common front against other showbiz congloms — specifically, Walt Disney and Fox — when it comes to stopping the file-swapping of pirated pics.

Fox and Disney favor more government oversight and are pushing for legislation that would direct the U.S. Commerce Dept. to step in and mandate technology to stop peer-to-peer piracy.

Legislation drafted by Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) would direct Washington officials to act if the tech sector hasn’t solved piracy within a year. He has yet to introduced the measure.

AOL TW and Intel informed a congressional committee last week that they were on the verge of releasing their joint statement of principles when it comes to stopping digital piracy.

“The lead must come from the private sector, complemented where necessary by targeted and constructive government action,” AOL and Intel said. For instance, they agreed that narrowly focused intervention from Capitol Hill could help detect and respond to piracy of digital broadcast content.

The partners stressed that the rollout of digital product depends on the adequate protection of copyrighted work.

And that’s just the government’s worry — that digital TV and other services will be stalled until Hollywood feels comfortable opening its libraries.

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