The deal, partially negotiated by the government, will see “hundreds of thousands of letters” sent by ISPs to their users who are currently sharing a massive folder of music with who ever else happens to be using the internet at the same time.
BT, Virgin, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse have signed up to the stern-letter-sending programme, something that Virgin’s already been doing for some time – although it also promised that it wouldn’t go as fas as disconnecting file-sharers.
The BPI still wants the net connections of repeat offenders eventually terminated, although, being businesses making money, the ISPs aren’t so keen on that part of the deal. Which means we have to ask the stupidest question of the week – is a strongly-worded letter enough to stop everyone in the UK nicking music off the internet?
If the letters don’t work, “a compulsory levy on ISP users to compensate the music and film industry for lost royalties” is one possible regulatory option…