[BBC] Deal to combat piracy in UK with 'alerts' is imminent
After years of wrangling, a deal between entertainment industry bodies and UK internet service providers to help combat piracy is imminent. [...]
Instead, letters sent to suspected infringers must be "educational" in tone, "promoting an increase in awareness" of legal downloading services. The rights holders have agreed to pay £750,000 towards each internet service provider (ISP) to set up the system, or 75% of the total costs, whichever is smaller. [...]
In a joint statement, the BPI and MPA said: "Content creators and ISPs, with the support of government, have been exploring the possibility of developing an awareness programme that will support the continuing growth of legal creative content services, reduce copyright infringement and create the best possible customer experience online."
The groups declined to comment specifically on the leaked document. The four ISPs involved all confirmed that they were in discussion. [...]