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ISP's to send emails to customers who downloaded pirated files
Quote:UK ISPs are to start sending "educational letters" to customers identified as downloading copyright material without paying for it.
It is part of the UK government's attempt to crack down on piracy.
BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky have agreed to send the missives, which will be emailed rather than posted.
The controversial move has been years in the planning, and some experts believe it is too late to be an effective deterrent.
BT, Virgin Media and Sky will start sending out letters on 17 January, and TalkTalk's campaign will begin at the end of the month.
The BBC has seen a sample letter, which will be headed with the customer's telephone number.
It reads: "Get It Right from a Genuine Site' has got in touch with us.
"Get it Right is a government-backed campaign acting for copyright owners who think their content's been shared without their permission.
"It looks like someone has been using your broadband to share copyrighted material (that means things like music, films, sport or books).
"And as your broadband provider, we have to let you know when this happens."
It then provides a list of the content in question and directs users to a website with "tips and advice on how to stop it happening again".
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RE: ISP's to send emails to customers who downloaded pirated files
It's only an 'educational' letter, they aren't actually doing anything, no need to panic.
They are also only targetting torrents, the bulk of my just released movie and tv show downloads these days are from file sharing sites, I only really use torrents for older stuff.
FWIW I tried PIA a few years back and found them a real pain in the ass, I gave up before my year was up (I was on slow broadband at the time, so maybe they are better at fibre speeds).
If you know a bit about what you are doing, I've tried swissvpn which was cheap and pretty good, but didn't really cut it so well when I switched to fibre, too slow. I'm currently on AirVPN, reasonably cheap, and solid and reliable, with plenty of exit nodes to play around with and find the fastest for you, but might be daunting for the non-techies.
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