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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK ISP Will Force Pirates to Remove File-Sharing Apps

UK ISP Will Force Pirates to Remove File-Sharing Apps

UK ISP Will Force Pirates to Remove File-Sharing Apps

Added: Friday, February 10th, 2017
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
British Internet service providers are prepared to notify their subscribers about the facts that their accounts are used for sharing copyrighted content without permission. Although the UK campaign will be purely educational, one of the UK ISPs announced that persistent infringers will be asked to remove file-sharing clients from their devices.

Assisted by the rights owners, British Internet service providers will send email notifications to their subscribers if their accounts are used to share copyright-infringing material. The notifications will educate the Internet users about legal alternatives and are aimed to decrease piracy rates over time. Major British broadband providers have already posted advisories on their websites. If you worry that you can lose your broadband access due to piracy, you may relax – no punishment is so far attached to the campaign. However, Sky has enforced some obstacles for repeat infringers. In its emails, it requests the recipients to “take immediate steps to remove or disable any file-sharing software that is being used to share copyrighted content illegally” in case of finding out that the subscriber is a persistent file-sharer.

At the same time, it is unknown what will happen if the users refuse to remove the file-sharing software or get caught again. In the meantime, many Internet service providers reserved the rights to terminate accounts of persistent pirates. TalkTalk confirmed that it wouldn’t report subscribers to the police; Virgin said it wouldn’t share any personal details with the rights owners without a court order.

In fact, it is not surprising that Sky is the only ISP who has chosen a more aggressive approach, since it is a major copyright holder itself.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Friday, February 10th, 2017

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by Kitty (2017-02-10 22:13:04)
Crash1 avatar1) FORCING users to remove software is unenforcable, unless they use illegal hacking of the users computer to check what software is installed, and I can imagine the lawsuits if THAT happened.
2) I wonder how fast SKY will change its' mind when they start losing their customers to other ISP's?

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET lovermenSun (2017-02-11 05:37:15)
HB911 avatarwell whats left now

posted by (2017-02-11 08:44:13)
No avatar....Although the UK campaign will be purely educational.... Educational? I don't think so.

....British Internet service providers will send email notifications to their subscribers if their accounts are used to share copyright-infringing material.... So, as @Crash1 has mentioned will they "spy" on their users? This is why Snowden is a hero.

posted by (2017-02-12 00:50:34)
vossy avatar@Crash1, Sky are already haemorrhaging subscribers in the UK the latest figures show. I am a Sky user and have been for years but recently they have fallen way behind on the internet stakes, the equipment as supplied is rubbish and despite the no restrictions of a connection at any time I have a friend who works for Sky and he tells me that throttling at peak times is being commonly applied.
If anyone can access torrent sites despite the blocks then I would hope they are sensible enough to do it anonymously, if not then maybe they should not be accessing it - idiots!

posted by (2017-02-12 11:12:47)
drugdealer avatarno wonder people download - sky puts adverts every 10 mins and people want an adfree show - thats why they download either from the us becuase of the earlier showings there

posted by BannedWarned (2017-02-13 08:55:58)
dogee avatarHaha UK people are doomed

posted by (2017-02-13 20:04:51)
No avatarsucks to live in the uk cause of this crappy internet company also im glad im an american

posted by (2017-02-13 21:17:07)
No avataram ok i use tor lol

posted by (2017-02-14 22:07:51)
TiniePopcorn avatarI have already received a letter from Sky relating to a specific file that I have been seeding, being in breach of copywrite, blah blah blah... I have been filesharing for years and this is the first time i've ever been questioned

posted by (2017-02-17 12:04:51)
No avatarYou minimize the risk to get caught by Tor, but the chance is still there if you do not use a VPN.
This is the next level to censorship, there's nothing we can do sadly. Now I live in Europe somewhere, and they are already trying to censor big parts of the internet. But I haven't gotten any issues by downloading since the internet was created.. All the oldschool guys were using DC++ back then. Just ignore these emails, they are just a threat. You should be more concerned after you got that email + a knock on your door. Otherwise, buy a premium VPN so your ISP cant see what you're doing. Free ones are bad, there's nothing that's called "free"

posted by (2017-02-17 14:32:07)
No avatarNo UK ISP is ever going to be able to stop people from installing any software they like on their machines. If any of them tried it with me, they' be told exactly where to stick it. I've been downloading and filesharing for almost 2 decades now... But I also spend a vast amount of disposable income on games, movies and so forth. I am not costing the industry anything by downloading... Chances are I've simply grabbed something because it's quicker than ripping and re-encoding from bluray, or I've grabbed a TV show that isn't even broadcast OTA in my country, or is months behind.

Oh and I also use a VPN on all my computers, my android tv box, my phone and my tablet... not some dodgy android app, but one supplied by my VPN provider.

I HAVE NEVER received any kind of warning or notification of any kind from my ISP for downloading anything since the late 90's.

For the guy stuck with Sky for his ISP, their router is a complete pile of crap... no dual band wifi, not even gigabit lan... However their new Sky Q router is a step forward and includes both now. I highly recommend you contact them telling them you are going to leave, they'll give you a better deal and would probably supply the new router, or give you a discount so you can purchase one of your own. I know people who have gotten a £10 a month discount of their Sky Fibre deal plus a £50 credit (effectively a discount of £170 over the year) if they agreed to a 12 month contract... and another who got a £150 credit to their account so they could purchase their own equipment.

I've also seen people discussing on av forums that they've been given the new router to keep them as customers. Check out the deals on offer from other providers and go to them well informed... and fully prepared to cancel your contract. You'll get a much better deal out of it.

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