Five ISPs in Australia have proposed a new initiative to tackle online piracy, publishing a 14-page ‘Scheme to Address Online Copyright Infringement’. As in other countries, it includes warning notices to be sent to persistent illegal downloaders, but unlike some, it stops short of proposing broadband disconnections or throttling.

TorrentFreak reports that the scheme would have “a strong emphasis on educating consumers”, with rightsholders having to send notices to ISPs within 14 days of an infringement being logged. The ISPs would then have another 14 days to identify the customer and send a warning notice. After several of these, the process would move back to rightsholders to decide whether they want to sue the individual concerned. The ISPs are suggesting an 18-month trial period to see whether the initiative is effective.

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