Big brother to watch illegal file sharers

日期:2019-03-02 01:02:02 作者:堵菲 阅读:

By New Scientist staff and reuters UK residents illegally sharing music and films online will receive letters warning them their behaviour is being monitored, under a new government plan drawn up with the country’s six biggest internet service providers. Letters will be sent during a three-month trial, warning downloaders that they are being monitored. Many of the letters will be sent to parents unaware their children are sharing files online. More than 6 million Britons are thought to illegally download files each year. The telecommunications regulator Ofcom will work with ISPs and media companies to decided on a course of action should the warnings have no effect. Options may include a “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” system, or filtering to prevent illegal tracks from being downloaded. The government and ISPs Virgin Media, BSkyB, Carphone Warehouse, BT, Orange and Tiscali say they are aiming for a “significant reduction” in the illegal sharing of content. Media reports suggest the government would levy a £30 fee on every internet connection to compensate music and film companies, if the letter-writing scheme fails to cut illegal file sharing. ISPs had previously argued they were simply conduits, not responsible for content accessed by users. But after the government threatened legislation, the companies agreed to take action. France has already introduced a scheme to disconnect persistent downloaders, while, in the US, industry groups have brought lawsuits against tens of thousands of individuals for copyright infringement. Media companies are increasingly lobbying for new attacks on piracy,