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April 2, 2008

Virgin Media will be first to disconnect users for illegal downloading

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by Alan Harten
Virgin Media will be first to disconnect users for illegal downloading

It looks like Virgin Media will be the first to implement a ‘three strikes’ policy against clients who are believed to be downloading music illegally.

This is part of a wide reaching effort began by record companies to disconnect anyone they consider to be illegal downloader’s. This is the first time that an internet service provider (ISP) has announced that it will participate in removing service from customers they consider to be breaking the law.

Virgin intends to send out letters to clients as a warning that those who do not follow the new rules will be disconnected from the internet.

The BPI represents the recording industry in Britain, their spokesman Geoff Taylor told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that, “This is not the time for internet service providers to delay further.”
The government is set to publish a new consultation paper in a couple of weeks that will outline new, proposed legal measures, with regard to illegal downloading.

Mr. Taylor said, “Government clearly shares the creative community’s frustration at the failure of ISPs to take action,”

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