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UK will NOT legislate on piracy

January 29, 2009

The UK’s Intellectual Property minister David Lammy has said the government will not force Internet service providers to pursue file sharers. This despite signals from government they would force ISPs to clamp down

Lammy said legislation would be too complex: “We can’t have a system where we’re talking about arresting teenagers in their bedrooms,” he told The Times.

Talk of the government forcing Internet service providers to evict file-sharers from their networks grew last year as the British Phonographic Industry adopted a tougher stance. The BPI, which represents the UK music industry, favours a “three strikes” policy, where file-sharers offenders are initially sent warning letters. Persistent offenders could be thrown off the network.

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