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ISP Sky Broadband to Share UK Customer Details with Movie Piracy Lawyers

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ISP Sky Broadband to Share UK Customer Details with Movie Piracy Lawyers

ISP Sky Broadband to Share UK Customer Details with Movie Piracy Lawyers
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Last year all four of the country’s largest broadband ISPs (Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk) separately agreed to introduce a new Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), which will also send warning letters to those suspected of similar activity.
However, unlike above, the VCAP letters will contain no threats or demands for money and should only act as an “education programme“.
The first phase of the new VCAP system is due to be introduced before the end of this spring.

Related organisations usually track public Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are assigned to your broadband connection each time you go online, back to an ISP and then later submits a Norwich Pharmacal Order (NPO) to a court that forces the broadband provider to release details about any associated subscribers.
In the past such approaches have been heavily criticised for bully subscribers, not least because they rely on IP address based evidence that is notoriously unreliable. Internet addresses can be spoofed, redirected or even become incorrect due to small timing errors in the ISP’s access log.
Similarly an IP address can often reflect a network that’s shared between many users (e.g. business or home networks, public wifi, hotels etc.) and thus at best you’d only be able to identify the bill payer and they might not even be the guilty individual.
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Re: ISP Sky Broadband to Share UK Customer Details with Movie Piracy Lawyers

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they might not even be the guilty individual

And wifi complicates things even further.