BT look as if they are following the lead set by Virgin Media when it comes to file sharing, as they recently sent an email to one of their four million broadband subscribers, informing them that they had been flagged up as having been part of a file sharing programme, where the Girls Aloud song “Biology” had been shared.
This email was backed up by evidence from the BPI, that the user has a file sharing programme which can be used on either the BitTorrent or Gnutella networks.
Although it is not known what policy BT is using, we know that Virgin Media operate a three strikes policy.
The customer was warned about this and if they continue the account will be cut off.
BT maintains that collecting this sort evidence does not require them to snoop around the user’s internet activity.
This is because the BPI provides the evidence, which is an IP address, and BT do the rest.
But once flagged up BT are likely to examine the account more thoroughly and should there be more evidence of file sharing, then further action could be taken, including legal as well as being cut off.