Four letters and that's it.
By Tim Colwill on July 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm
News breaking out of the United Kingdom right now is that the government has radically reworked the criminalisation of online piracy in the UK, launching a new “Creative Content UK” initative designed to educate rather than punish.
Creative Content UK is a partnership between the UK Government and major media players, including major UK ISPs.
Under the new system, which is part of the overall Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme, persistent file-sharers and pirates will be sent a maximum of four warning letters each year, complete with tips on how to access content legally instead. If those letters are ignored, however, no action will be taken.
The new system will kick in from 2015, though no exact date has been provided.
Earlier plans included a much more draconian approach to piracy enforcement, including the severing of internet access, but they were abandoned following discussions with major ISP groups. UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Ed Vaizey described “significant technical obstacles” as a major factor in the removal of piracy penalties.\
Meanwhile, Business Secretary Vince Cable is on record as saying that “Education is at the heart of this drive so people understand that piracy isn’t a victimless crime – but actually causes business to fail, harms the industry and costs jobs.”
If you’d like to read more about iiNet’s thoughts on piracy and why our own government’s proposed three-strikes-and-you’re-out system is not going to work, click here.