Magazine article Screen International

Ofcom Issues UK Anti-Piracy Measures

Magazine article Screen International

Ofcom Issues UK Anti-Piracy Measures

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Ofcom unveils draft code in which ISPs will be required to send warning letters to alleged illegal downloaders of film, TV or music.

UK media regulator Ofcom has unveiled a draft code for the UK government's delayed Digital Economy Act (originally passed in 2010), which outlines how the UK's biggest ISPs - BT, O2, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk Group and Everything Everywhere - will have to send warning letters to alleged illegal downloaders of film, TV or music.

The letters, which will only commence in March 2014, will explain copyright and how to find legitimate content, and give advice on protecting internet connections from unauthorized users.

If customers receive three or more letters within a year, they will face having information of their downloading history provided to copyright owners who can then potentially take legal action against the offenders.

Web users will be able to challenge allegations through an independent appeals body at a cost of £20 ($31.24), which will be refunded if they are successful.

"It is essential that government creates the right conditions for businesses to grow," said creative industries minister Ed Vaizey. …

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