UK Internet service providers to send 'educational' letters to pirates

As part of a voluntary system, ISPs will work with copyright holders to warn suspected Internet pirates of their activities.

Published Fri, May 9 2014 1:22 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

British Internet service providers have reached an agreement with copyright holders, and will begin sending out "educational" letters to suspected Internet pirates. Copyright groups will kick in $1.2 million to each ISP for initial setup costs, and up to $126,000 for any required administration fees.

UK Internet service providers to send 'educational' letters to pirates |

As part of the deal, which has Sky, BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk onboard, they worked for years debating with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and BPI - and several key components copyright holders wanted were left out. The groups wanted to warn users about possible legal punishment, in addition to creating a database of suspected pirates, though the ISPs didn't want either aspect as part of the Voluntary Copyright Alert Program.

The first alert letters will be sent out in 2015, with no punitive punishment - and copyright holders will likely look to try and alter the program in the future, legal experts claim.


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