Virgin May Try '3 Strikes' for File Sharers

Copyright holders pressure British ISPs to unplug users
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 8:40 PM CDT
Virgin May Try '3 Strikes' for File Sharers
British mogul Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group, gestures.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Virgin Media may become the second ISP to unplug users who share files illegally, the Register reports. The company is in talks with a UK record industry association over a  "three strikes" system, which would disconnect users who share copyright-infringing files after two warnings. "We are taking this problem seriously and would favor a sensible voluntary solution," Virgin Media said.

The UK government has threatened Internet providers with legislation if they do not enact such a voluntary system. Last summer, the British Phonographic Industry prevailed upon EU telecom Tiscali to try a three-strikes plan, but disputes over cost-sharing led the company to bail out. (Read more file sharing stories.)

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