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Watered Down UK ISP Piracy Letters Won't Now Have User Follow-Up



1:33 pm on May 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I'm not in the least surprised the movie and music organisations are disappointed. It just seems very odd that there'd be a waste of time and money sending four letters.

After years of wrangling, a deal between entertainment industry bodies and UK internet service providers to help combat piracy is imminent.

BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will send "educational" letters to customers believed to be downloading illegally.Watered Down UK ISP Piracy Letters Won't Now Have User Follow-Up [bbc.co.uk]
The deal has been struck with the BPI, which represents the British music industry, and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), which covers film.

The bodies had originally suggested the letters should tell repeat infringers about possible punitive measures.

They also wanted access to a database of known illegal downloaders, opening the possibility of further legal action against individuals. However, following almost four years of debate between the two sides, the final draft of the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap) contains neither of those key measures.

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