Four of the biggest ISPs will now be spamming their users who use their connection to torrent. BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky, using £3.5 million sanction under Gordon Brown’s parliamentary reign, will send out “copyright alerts” to subscribers identified as illegally downloading copyrighted content.
These copyright alerts are used for the purpose of:
- Making account holders aware that unlawful content sharing may have happened using their internet account;
- Educating accountholders on how they can prevent copyright infringementfrom happening again and
- Providing consumers information about ways to access digital content legally.
and after multiple alerts, and depending on their ISP, subscribers may find one or more of the following actions taken against them in form of:
- A temporary reduction in Internet speed;
- A temporary downgrade in Internet service tier or
- Redirection to a landing page for a set period of time, until a subscriber contacts the ISP or until the subscriber completes an online copyright education program.
The Pirate Party UK has issued the following two statements on the topic which I wholeheartedly agree with…
“It’s ridiculous to think that a spam programme will do anything to benefit artists. These emails will no doubt end up filed in the same place as appeals for bank account details from ex-dictators.
The real worry is that when this proves to be a complicated flop, this will be used as an excuse for more draconian Internet crackdowns. The copyright fundamentalists could not get the Digital Economy Act through by democratic means, so now the plan is to shove it through by the back door.
It’s amazing that £3.5 million of taxpayers money is to be used on what amounts to an advert for big music and film companies. At the same time the government has cut arts companies doing fantastic work in the community. If we really want to support creativity we should use this money to support the artists slashed by the coalition.”
– Jack Allnutt
“The Government has denied many people access to free culture by closing down local Libraries and Arts Centres. Instead we have to pay – as taxpayers – for our right to pay to access culture. Is that not a confusion of its role and function as a public service organisation? Lobbying for the so-called Creative Industry (which boils down to a handful of Big Business Corporations really and has nothing to do with the majority of Creators) seems to be a distortion of and a drastic departure from its real responsibilities.”
– Maria Aretoulaki
The Pirate Party are the only party with their heads on straight when it comes to digital rights and they, so far, have my vote in the UK general election 2015.