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Sanctions to target internet piracy

13 февраля 2008

Internet service providers will face prosecution if they fail to enforce a “three strikes” regime of sanctions against people who download films and music illegally, under proposals being unveiled by the UK government next week.

Ministers will pledge to legislate for action on illegal file sharing in a green paper on the creative industries to be issued next week. Under the proposals, which will be put out for consultation, internet users would face escalating punishments.

Anyone suspected of illegal downloading would receive an initial warning e-mail, a suspension of their internet contract for the second infringement and the termination of that contract for the third offence. Broadband companies would be legally required to enforce the regime.

The hard-hitting measures are designed to staunch the significant loss of revenue suffered by film and music companies from the estimated 6m broadband users who download files illegally every year in the UK.

Attempts to introduce self-regulation have proved ineffective. Britain’s four biggest internet providers – BT, Tiscali, Orange and Virgin Media – have been in talks with studio and distribution companies in the US for six months to try to agree a voluntary scheme. Parallel talks in have been running for two years.

The Internet Service Providers Association told the Times it hoped an alternative to statutory enforcement would prove possible.

The government said the proposals were “an early draft” of the green paper. “We will not comment on the content of the leaked document,” the Department for Culture Media and Sport said on Monday night.

Источник: Financial Times

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