The Telegraph reports that from next week Virgin Media is due to start sending out letters to broadband subscribers who are found to be downloading or sharing music illegally. This is part of the joint campaign with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) aimed at cutting illegal distribution of music through peer-to-peer (p2p) services. The initial trial will last ten weeks and the paper points out that the letters are likely to land on the door mats addressed to parents of children treating the Internet as a free source of copyrighted music.
Initially, subscribers found to be engaging in such activities will just be educated by Virgin and an accompanying letter from the BPI. The letters will have details of the infringing activity which is likely to lead to parents confronting children over the morning breakfast table in the next few weeks. In the end, the BPI wants to see persistent offenders disconnected using the three strikes rule, following warnings. TalkTalk and Tiscali have both expressed concerns with the BPI's proposed system. The government has expressed the need for broadband service providers to deal with the problem or face legislation.
If you receive one of these letters, please get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: The press release on this issue has now been published on the BPI website.