Government aims to cut pirate P2P 80%
July 30, 2008
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”.