UK anti-piracy campaign set to begin


People in the UK who persistently pirate music and movies will soon start getting emails warning them that their actions are illegal.

The warnings are part of a larger scheme that aims to educate people about copyright and legal ways to enjoy digital content.

Starting next year, up to four warnings annually will be sent to households suspected of copyright infringement.

But if people ignore the warnings, no further action will be taken.

I think this is good but it is kinda odd that they do not fine people after the 4th warning.

The years of talks brokered by the government have led to the creation of the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap) that uses warnings via email or post.

The UK’s biggest ISPs - BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky - have signed up to Vcap. Many smaller ISPs are expected to join later.

In addition, the UK government has pledged to contribute £3.5m to an education campaign that will promote legal ways to listen to music and watch movies.

Hopefully the campaign will convince some people not to pirate.


Hopefully Copyright can rather be done away with entirely. It stifles innovation. It promotes piracy. It subsists on stealing elements from the common culture and history which themselves existed prior to copyright. It also makes things like regional restrictions possible. In addition hopefully DRM can be made illegal.

If you produce a movie based on a story, and that story borrows or steals from a culture, you have no right to full copyright on that work. But we won’t see that and instead we’ll have arbitrary exemptions. Disney can steal Snow White but others can’t steal Disney’s Snow White.


Not as interesting as the last time the Brits took on pirates. :blush:


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