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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23-07-2014, 06:20:27

WYP
It looks like now in a new UK scheme, people caught unlawfully file-sharing video games, music and movies will be educated rather than punished. A very bold move.

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23-07-2014, 06:41:54

Damien c
There is not much that can be done really to stop people from pirating software or something with entertainment value.

I know it's wrong and so does everyone else, but it still doesn't stop people from doing it, even with the threats of fines or a stint in prison it still didn't stop people.

I don't buy albums anymore since most of the times you can find them on services such as, Spotify and if they don't have the type of music you want then there is always DI.FM.

With phones and cars having bluetooth, cars have audio input jack's and usb ports you can always stream the music from places, where they pay for a subscription.

I paid in November last year £35 for a years subscription to DI.FM, and I have not bought a single album for the last year thanks to Spotify and DI.FM.

If I was to buy the albums that I can stream it would cost in the region of £300-£1000, but I can pay for a £35 subscription for one service and what ever Spotify is, since I get that free at the moment and save myself a small fortune.

Film's are the same why should I buy a blu-ray or dvd when I can use services such as netflix, yes films get pirated when the films are at the cinemas but that would be easy to stop, but they just won't do it.

As for other stuff being pirated, there are ways to try and stop it but they will never fully stop it people, will always find a way.Quote

23-07-2014, 07:05:51

Greenback
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Originally Posted by Damien c View Post
Film's are the same why should I buy a blu-ray or dvd when I can use services such as netflix, yes films get pirated when the films are at the cinemas but that would be easy to stop, but they just won't do it.

As for other stuff being pirated, there are ways to try and stop it but they will never fully stop it people, will always find a way.
They did try stopping films being pirated but it was just got around, though you don't see so many good quality films that aren't taken after the film is released on dvd now

As for games SimCity wasn't pirated while they had it online only, and maybe that is the only way you could stop games being pirated. but look at the outcry because of it being online only.

I like the " cut off for persistent pirates, This policy was not taken into affect due to severe technical limitations" companies would lose money in other words. Though just walking around with my phones Wi-Fi shows a lot of open connections so a laptop is all you would need tbhQuote
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