Government aims to cut pirate P2P 80%

Industry estimates put the number of illegal file sharers in the UK at between 6 and 7 million people. The agreement requires the UK’s six biggest ISPs – BSkyB, Tiscali, BT, Orange, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse – to send out 1,000 letters a week to subscribers identified as having engaged in illegal uploading or downloading of music.

In a week when the US Federal Courts ruled Comcast mustn't ';shape' file sharers broadband service, Ofcom says it will use measures, including slowing internet speeds or blocking content, to deal with repeat offenders. Rights holders will consider prosecuting “particularly serious infringers”.

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