UK crackdown on illegal downloads

Britain's six biggest Internet providers - BT, Virgin Media, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carephone Warehouse - have backed a government plan to clamp down on music and film piracy. The deal will result in warning letters being sent to thousands of persistent downloaders to let them know their activities have been detected and are being monitored.

The ISPs though have rejected demands from the music industry to cut people's connections if they ignore repeated warnings. An estimated 6.5 million Britons were involved in illicit music downloads over last 12 months, a trend estimated to cost the music industry up to Ł1 billion in the next five years.

The firms have also agreed to develop legal file sharing services in order to ensure that customers are aware of the repercussions for sharing copy-right protected music.

(Source: ATV's News Archive)