MOVES ARE AFOOT to force UK Internet service providers to become the latest poodle of the all-powerful music industry.
Rumours are rife with Wired reporting that six un-named Brit ISPs have already signed up to what is, at the present time, a voluntary agreement whereby repeat offenders will be booted off of the Interwibble.
The proposed move, which would ape the recently-introduced French system, means that persistent pirates will be subject to a 'three strikes and you're out' policy. Strike one gets you an email asking you to cease and desist, strike two brings a registered letter saying pretty much the same thing, and strike three means you'll have to go and find another ISP. Boohoo.
The Independent is reporting that UK law-makers are planning to add a levy to every ISP contract of £20 to £30 per year which would then be fed back to the music industry. But such a proposal would have to mean that all music would be freely downloadable.
We can't see the folks at Itunes backing that one then. µ
Update: We now believe that the six ISPs are: BT, Virgin, Orange, Tiscali, Sky and, surprisingly given this, Carphone Warehouse.
Looks like someone pressed the wrong button on the routing machine
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