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UK: Internet firms agree action to tackle piracy

Date: 24 Jul 2008

Six of the major internet providers have agreed action with the music industry to address the widespread problem of online music piracy. The agreement, which was brokered by the government, involves letters going to large numbers of net users suspected of illegally downloading or sharing music.

Persistent breaches could see the service providers, BT, BSkyB, Carphone Warehouse, Orange, Tiscali and Virgin, reducing the quality of service those individuals receive, although they have refused to actually cut users off completely. The approach contrasts with that taken in the US which has seen large numbers of lawsuits brought.

Representatives of the music industry celebrated the outcome, saying that it had taken years to bring the providers to the view that they have a responsibility to deal with illegal file sharing on their networks.

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