- Regime designed to stamp out internet piracy will treat individuals as ‘guilty until proven innocent’
- People wrongly accused of making illegal downloads will have to pay £20 fee to appeal and prove their innocence
- Move has angered consumer groups
Families who illegally download free music, movies and eBooks face a new crackdown with warning letters and court action for copyright theft.
A controversial new regime designed to stamp out internet piracy will effectively treat individuals as ‘guilty until proven innocent’.
People who are wrongly accused of making illegal downloads will have to pay a £20 fee to appeal and prove their innocence in a move that has angered consumer groups.
The same Act includes punishments that could – at some future date – see accused families having their internet service slowed down, capped or even cut off.
A new industry code will require large internet service providers (ISPs) like BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk, to send warning letters to families suspected of illegal downloads or uploads of copyright material.
If a customer receives three letters or more within a year, entertainment giants such as movie and music companies will have a right to ask for details of the material involved.