UK ISPs agree to new plan on piracy

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Six of the UK’s biggest internet providers have agreed on a brand new plan to tackle music piracy online. BT, Virgin, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse have signed up on a plan that will see hundreds of thousands of letters sent to users who were suspected of illegally sharing music.

But the music industry, who helped created a plan, wanted people to have their internet cut off for those who ignored the repeated warnings, but the providers were not prepared to do so.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has signed up, along with the BPI; with the six ISPs had signed a Memorandum of Understanding – which was drawn up by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Before the new deal, the BPI called for a "three-strikes" system, which will see the pirates terminated if three warnings went ignored.

However, many resisted the move. If Britain followed the new the "three-strikes" rules, it would follow France in implementing the system.

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