UK Publishes Draft Code to Combat Online Piracy
The code imposes obligation on the part six major ISPs in the UK viz., BT, Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media to send notification letters to subscribers. This will be done in response to copyright infringement reports. If a subscriber receives three or more notification letters in a year, it will entitle the copyright holders to get information as to the infringing content. Thereafter, the copyright owners may apply for a court order, directing ISPs to reveal the subscriber details. An action for copyright infringement may be initiated in civil courts against such subscribers and damages could also be claimed.
Subscribers may seek an appeal at the cost of $31, which will be reimbursed, if they are successful.
Protection of copyrights in the digital era has been a tiresome process, given the difficulty in identifying the infringers and the ease with which copyrighted contents may be downloaded and duplicated. This has indeed caused immense loss to the owners of copyright. Nevertheless, imposing stringent mechanism may in turn affect innocent internet users.