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Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

VileReynard
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Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jun/26/ofcom-outlines-anti-piracy-rules

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Illegal downloaders will start receiving warning letters from internet service providers from 1 March 2014, under a draft code for the government's anti-digital piracy regime drawn up by media regulator Ofcom.
Under the draft code, published on Tuesday by the regulator, the UK's biggest ISPs – BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media – will be required to send letters to customers warning them when there is an allegation from a film, TV or music company that there has been illegal downloading from their computer.
Web users who get three warning letters in a year will face having anonymous information of their downloading and filesharing history provided to copyright owners, which could then be used to gain a court order to reveal the customer's identity and take legal action against piracy.
Internet users will be able to appeal against a report on their alleged infringement, at a cost of £20, which will be refunded if they are successful.....

How does Plusnet intend to implement this mad scheme?

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Re: Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

I'm the contact within Plusnet about this.  Not much I can say about it at the minute though.  ISPs have a month to pull their feedback on the plans and pass them into OFCOM.  I'll try and put out some information about how it affects our customers when I'm able to. 
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Illegal downloaders will start receiving warning letters........... when there is an allegation from a film, TV or music company that there has been illegal downloading from their computer..


Shouldn't this be Illegal file sharers will start receiving warning letters?

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Re: Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

Lawyers are probably already rubbing their hands together over this poorly thought out claptrap.
If it ever happens refunding £20 will just be the start of any successful appeal.
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Illegal downloaders will start receiving warning letters........... when there is an allegation from a film, TV or music company that there has been illegal downloading from their computer..


Shouldn't this be Illegal file sharers will start receiving warning letters?

And that shows how much they really know...

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Re: Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

It'll be a legal minefield Roll eyes.....or should that be goldmine Undecided

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Re: Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

I can't believe the cheek of forcing people to pay to clear their name!!! Not that I disagree with the rest of it, but I just feel that that part really takes the biscuit...
I'd love to know the kind of information they propose to send to people in these letters...
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Re: Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

Exactly what evidence must they provide before they are allowed to require the ISP to send the letter? Evidence against the defence needs to be declared, I think, but I am not a lawyer.
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I'd love to know the kind of information they propose to send to people in these letters...

The part I found quite amusing was:
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The messages will also contain information about where to find licensed material online.
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Re: Ofcom outlines new anti-piracy rules

Can't these ambulance chasers only detect the uploading of illegal material - not any downloading of the same material (unless they tap my phoneline)?
I can't see how they can show that an encrypted bit-torrent is anything more than a communication of unknown content between two known ip addresses.