British ISPs to send out piracy warning letters


Several British ISPs will this month begin sending out ‘educational’ emails (i.e. warnings) to customers accused of online copyright infringement. That’s according to industry site ISPreview, which reports that major ISPs BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky are complying with the British government’s Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme.

The report stresses that the emails will focus on educating people about legal alternatives to piracy, rather than making any threats (for example, of restricting or cutting off entirely the customers’ broadband).

“ISPs will not carry out any monitoring of their subscribers’ activity. Right holders will not have access to any personal information about alleged infringers,” said a spokesperson for Virgin Media, in a reflection of the red lines set down by the ISPs.

Stuart Dredge

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