Idol Producers Favor "3 Strikes" Rule For Downloaders
FremantleMedia, the producers of American Idol and its British counterpart Pop Idol have announced their support for the so-called three-strikes plan that would disconnect BitTorrent users who are caught downloading pirated material more than three times. FremantleMedia has not permitted its programs to be offered online -- even by Hulu, which is partly owned by Fox television, which airs American Idol . (Individual performances can be purchased from Apple's iTunes Store.) As reported by PaidContent UK, FremantleMedia CEO Tony Cohen told the Changing Media Summit in London Thursday that he supports a micropayment system that would allow viewers to download programs after they are aired by paying a few cents. But in the meantime, he said, "There needs to be an effective intermediate stage that will limit, suspend or cut off offenders' access to broadband capacity."