Illegal downloaders will get three strikes from Ofcom
All the UK ISPs are to send out piracy warnings to customers in 2014 as part of the Digital Economy Act (DEA). Remember when everyone was kicking off about that, and then completely forgot all about it?
Ofcom will be implementing the DEA, which yesterday, published documents that said: "We expect that the first notifications may be sent in early 2014."
The DEA only applies to ISPs with more than 400,000 subscribers, so if a copyright owner notices that their content is being pirated online, they have 10 days to gather evidence and submit a report to the ISP which itself, has a further 10 days to identify the filesharing subscriber. They will warn them about what they're doing as part of a 'three strike' rule.
The first two strikes will be sent via email or snail mail and the third will be via tracked mail. The warnings "should be written in plain English and contain sufficient information to inform subscribers about their situation," Ofcom said.
Those who ignore three warnings within a 12-month period will be placed on the Copyright Infringement List (CIL).
"After obtaining a court order to obtain personal details, copyright owners will be able to take action against those included in the list," Ofcom said.