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March 31, 2008

Scheme to prevent illegal downloads planned by Virgin

by Lin Freestone
Scheme to prevent illegal downloads planned by Virgin

Virgin Media is planning to take action against subscribers who illegally download copyrighted material.

As part of an initiative that will be implemented during the next few months, Virgin will work with the British Phonographic Institute, together with television and movie studios in a voluntary scheme.

Details of users believed to be breaking the law will be passed to Virgin by the BPI. The infringers will be sent warnings and, if they continue to download content believed to be pirated, they will be disconnected.

The scheme is similar to a three strikes approach suggested by the Government in February, when internet service providers were requested to stop illegal file sharing.

The government indicated that it would force ISPs to take action with legislation if no voluntary solution was found by April 2009.

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  1. So lets get this straight; The BPI can ask the Post Office to open and look inside all our wrapped packages at the depot, all because they are a bit larger than a few of the other ones laying around for dispatch??? what is the bearded one thinking?

    Comment by Kinny — April 1, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  2. So the only outcome I can see from this is that Virgin will be losing a lot of customers!

    Comment by Paul Roberts — April 9, 2008 @ 7:32 am

  3. Sounds to me like virgin will be shooting them selves in the foot with this latest move. It will be interesting to see just how many customers they lose and how quickly after these new measures are implemented.

    Comment by Rich — April 10, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  4. so instead of downloading stuff for personal use people will be forced to pay gangs of organised criminals on the local car boot- if certain uk organisation is right in what they say in their ads then these people on the car boots could be funding terrorism and people traffiking!!!!
    shouldnt the authorities put a bit more effort into clamping down on terrorists on the net. if 2 people were recently freed after appearing in court for downloading terrorist stuff (allegedly) why are they putting so much money into music downloaders etc?
    i must point out i do notr download illegal movies/ music! it just baffles me how the authorities have such daft priorities! also, if a lot of musical “artists” and celebs are ellegadly hooked on cocaine etc. if you buy a legit cd arent you funding drug dealers/ major terrorists in some cases?

    Comment by adey — April 13, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  5. VM have the powers to stop all non-VM boxes working… when this happens, some people stop using the non-VM boxes… Why then don’t VM do this every day or twice a day..10 times a day.. Does anyone know the answer please.. Thanks

    Comment by Paul — May 6, 2008 @ 6:14 am

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