Graduated response schemes may have run into problems elsewhere in the world, but Taiwan has just passed an amendment to its copyright act introducing a three-strikes provision, where ISPs will be able to restrict the internet access of persistent file-sharers. ISPs are also required to pass on warnings from rights-holders to customers accused of downloading illegally. However, `restrict’ doesn’t mean `cut off’ in this sense: “There are lots of ways to restrict internet access besides cutting it off entirely,” says Margaret Chen, deputy director general of the Taiwanese Intellectual Property Office.

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