Online piracy punishments dropped in UK

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Online piracy punishments dropped in UK  

UK pirates to receive warning rather than punishments with new scheme

The new voluntary copyright alert programme (Vcap) will see up to four warnings annually if their broadband connection is known to be unlawfully sharing files. What happens if you ignore these warnings you may ask? Nothing, no sanctions will be used against those who ignore them.

These letters will be written in an informative way, rather than in an accusatory fashion. This is to offer advice on where to find legitimate sources of content as an alternative to piracy 

This will be part of a new sheme from Creative Content UK, jointly created by content owners/ creators and internet service providers (ISPs) with the aim of promoting legal entertainment online. It will be supported by a joint creative industry and government three-year education campaign set to launch before spring 2015.

 Online piracy punishments dropped in UK

(Game of thrones a popular TV series among Online Pirates)


UK Business Secretary Vince Cable said this week:

"The creative industries in the UK are one of our brilliant global success stories. We have unrivalled creativity - from record breaking musicians to box office films - that excite and inspire people all over the world. Yet too often that content is open to abuse by some who don't play by the rules.

That is why we are working with industry to ensure that intellectual property rights are understood and respected. Education is at the heart of this drive so people understand that piracy isn't a victimless crime - but actually causes business to fail, harms the industry and costs jobs."


  Many alternatives to this scheme were also considered, including internet being cut off for persistent pirates, as outlined in the Digital Economy Act of 2010. This policy was not taken into affect due to severe technical limitations, so a simpler education approach will be enacted.

What do you guys think of this bold approach of not punishing pirates? Do you think a harsher approach is required or that this is the right way to go about this problem?

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