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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Introduces “Three-Strikes” Code of Practice

UK Introduces “Three-Strikes” Code of Practice

UK Introduces “Three-Strikes” Code of Practice

Added: Friday, June 4th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Ofcom (UK’s Office of Communications) determines the procedure for ISPs covered by the code of practice sending warnings to their users in order to let them know about copyright violation allegations.


The Digital Economy Act of the United Kingdom is well-known outside the country as one of the most controversial measures aimed at fighting piracy in the Internet. It is considered to be so because of including such things as banning public Wi-Fi and website filtering. Nevertheless, it is slow but steady turning into reality with the UK’s regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry, Office of Communications, starting drafting the procedure for ISPs to follow in order to comply with the Act.

Ofcom started working on the scheme in a short time after the passage of the Act, and is now ready to introduce a code of practice draft supposed to become an official version of the code, which will come into effect in the beginning of the next year.

The draft determines the terms and conditions of the procedure developed for Internet providers covered by the code under which they should send warnings to their customers. The notifications inform users of allegations of their accounts to be used for copyright law violation. Besides, the code sets out the condition of including users on a list of accused infringers made by ISPs.

Under this draft the Internet Service Providers have to track the number of warnings sent to every user and keep a list of anonymous accused repeat violators. Basing on those lists copyright owners can later file a lawsuit and get a court order demanding ISPs to disclose the identities of those repeat violators and hold them responsible. The list will only contain those alleged infringers that will get 3 notifications within one year. However, it is not clear if the number of received warning is reset after a calendar year.

Alongside with this procedure, Office of Communications promises to adopt a fair user appeals scheme, so that those feeling wrongly accused could have a chance to prove their innocence.

If this scheme fails to considerably reduce the level of unauthorized file-sharing, the ISPs may still be required to introduce some technical measures like throttling or Internet disconnection.

In all, the process of developing the code is supposed to take eight months, which is the maximum amount of time for the Act.

June 4th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, June 4th, 2010

Comments (27) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-04 16:25:26)
bigup16 avatarohhh great means im gonna have to slow down if i dont change ISP alot lol thanks for the read SaM

posted by (2010-06-04 16:36:35)
GGTBod avatarThanks Sam

another fine case of our government implementing laws to benefit the people who put them and keep them in power and obviously raping the people who they are meant to be working for to achieve this.

I was always told as a child to be proud that I was born in Britian because it is a free society without the oppresive control of a government regime acting in their own interests, quickly realised this was b0ll0x as i grew up through the reign of Margaret Thatcher

posted by (2010-06-04 16:41:28)
FULLFACE avatarwill vpn be ok to use when they bring this law in force or is there another way round it please let me know any downloads many thaks sam

posted by (2010-06-04 17:14:31)
Gordon3man avatarthanks for the heads-up, I'll wait till my first warning before I stop.

posted by Blocked (2010-06-04 17:25:08)
2die4 avatardont think that its going to happen as Lib dems want to get rid of the Digital economy act

posted by (2010-06-04 18:32:03)
GGTBod avatarYeah we are all okay.

Someone in government who is not even in the political party that won is going to go against the flow, risk his/her/them/their alliance with those in power who are renowned for their ability to f*c|< over the common man all in favour of big business interests.

Yeah all politicians do stuff that would benefit us and have no financial or political gain for him/her and the party they represent, this stuff happens all the time

I feel alright about it now

posted by (2010-06-04 19:07:29)
No avatarIt's illegal, there is no point in arguing about free speech n such, however, I would like the Government, of the UK (or the USA) and the people in Hollywood to introduce a side note to their "wanting P2P" banned. I will either go see all my films at the Cinema or buy them on DVD, like they want us all to. But I want the right to ask for a full refund if I didn't enjoy the product with no comeback from store or Cinema. Now, are they preapred to put their money where their mouth is? We can't rip them off on the back of Billions in profit, but they can take us for a ride to make more Billions.

posted by (2010-06-04 19:35:13)
GGTBod avatarI like the full refund clause, can we include in the cinema visit the overpriced munchies in the refund lol

posted by (2010-06-04 19:37:49)
GGTBod avatarand by the way it is only illegal because they have decided that it is so

posted by (2010-06-04 20:14:55)
No avatarLook, you can go buy any item, right now, a £1000 TV. Take it home, unbox it, connect it and watch it all weekend. Box it back up, take it back to the store and get a full refund, fact. Now, I am sure if you go to the Cinema, watch some garbage PG13 crap-a-thon and scream n shout about your money back, you will get it. Not cos they know you have the right (and I don't know you do) but just to get rid of you. I don't think Play/Amazon have an ability to return films based on "I don't want it" you open it, you own it, that is a joke! I want all DVD to come with a disclaimer, after the usual "Don't Pirate" garbage Pirates don't have ti put up with, another one that states your consumer rights to ask for a refund. Let everyone get refunds on all purchases and see if they like that scenario better.

posted by Turtle (2010-06-04 21:45:04)
D4T4 avatarOoh err #11. You're not a very happy bunny. Vocabulary is somewhat lacking too, could this be Mr Mandelson himself in our midst? Either way I think my VPN should take care of him. Thanks once again Sam, you're the man.

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-06-05 00:10:39)
milo33 avatarMUM ???

posted by (2010-06-05 00:11:58)
anti_nowhere_punk avatarJust rent movies and copy them disc to disc they cant trace that and its a lot cheaper than buying them :)

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-06-05 00:12:06)
milo33 avatarp.s. Thanks for the post SaM

posted by (2010-06-05 02:09:06)
kingtiger01 avatarand this will only lead to ISP boycott's within the UK. you CAN buy services OUTSIDE youre country's demeanor, for instance OC-3 From AT&T, if a large group of people, decided to, if you pay for the lines, they will hook you right into tier-1.

Since youre ISP is NOT UK based, they would have one heck of a time enforcing UK laws.

posted by (2010-06-05 03:03:27)
katep avatareveryone will just move to vpns I know I have found one with a fee of £45 for a year is there any chance the isps can do what the swedish one did and just not keep the records of what we do or is it law here that they have to keep them

posted by Blocked (2010-06-05 06:36:08)
4uckAuthority avatarall information you send and receive is logged by your isp...they have control of "their" modem, changing ips, hiding them, whatever you do its still logged, the thing about it is...the isp is not aloud to go through them, neither is the government. say the mpaa catches you dl'ng a tracked movie...in order to obtain your log files, they have to present their case to the court, and then the files are subpoenaed.

@kingtiger, that's how most internet crime is done...works a lot like banking offshore..if the U.S was snooping on U.K networks....would'nt go over to well between the governments....possible spy situations would arise. The fact of the matter is, the only way for this to be one by the "we the little people" is for people to actually stand up and fight it....stop settling out of court. something like 95% of the cases never see a day in court. and they always seem to go after people who don't know what they're doing...or some teenager that doesn't understand what consequence means

posted by ET lovermen (2010-06-05 17:14:39)
brods73 avatarlast i knew the uk i.s.p's had told the goverment they would not give any writen warnings to ppl and 3 strikes was no chance

posted by (2010-06-05 17:53:23)
Bob740 avatarFullface a VPN won't help you at all. I KNOW first hand. It didn't work.

posted by Turtle (2010-06-05 21:21:57)
D4T4 avatar@Bob740, my VPN has asked members to use russian servers as USA has approached them asking for details of downloaders, and they can't give any cos they keep no records. Am I wasting time and money or is this the answer? They also have facilities to download via their servers altho I haven't sussed this yet. Of course it goes against the grain but I pay for this.

posted by (2010-06-05 22:44:38)
Bob740 avatarD4T4, I used of the larger VPN companies in the USA (StrongVPN), they have servers all over the world. I ask them for a server in Hong Kong because of the reasons you gave. After I got set-up and opened my Yahoo.co., it was all in Chinese. I thought well, I'll switch to the UK. I did, and when I opened up my Yahoo, it was for everything in the UK, so I was forced to switch back to the USA if I wanted to read the happening over here. I hope this answers your question.
One other thing. The DCMA or what ever they are called can infiltrate your uTorrents. The told me the port, time, and movie I downloaded on it. If anyone doubts it, I can email you the letter I got. Those guys are playing for real now. Every thing I do now is going to be donw at a wi-fi type hotspot, away from my IP.

posted by (2010-06-05 23:10:17)
Bob740 avatarI was mistaken, it was DMCA. This is a partial of the email I received: "Due to the DMCA complaint we are required to disable your account. Please take necessary action so we do not receive a second complaint and then, please inform us when we can re-enable your account".
I had to assure them that I had taken everything off my PC. I did, because you never know when someone may come a'knockin'.

posted by Turtle (2010-06-05 23:49:17)
D4T4 avatar@ Bob740, I hear what you're saying but I'm still a minor Newbie. Did you trace your own IP to check your new IP address with the VPN? I'm learning thanks to all you guys here at ET, (especially Sam) but no-one seems to say exactly how these *ssholes do thier dirty deeds. To know the enemy is the first step to beating them.

posted by (2010-06-06 00:09:52)
Bob740 avatar@D4T4, I would say Sam knows more about this that any of us. I have told you all I know. I thought I was covered with my VPN's IP, but, someway they traced it back to my ISP and my IP at my ISP. How, to me that's an unknown. Right now, not knowing anymore than I do, I'm keeping a mighty low profile. Sorry I can't help you more as much as I'd like to.

posted by (2010-06-06 20:37:08)
bobycat avatarParhaps all the rich film/ music people, who make millions,live like KINGS and QUEENS could cut their fees and parhaps, the CD/DVD market could be affordable to all.Lets get it right the Beatles,and others, where working class or so we where lead to believe,or wanted us to believe, but they had a nice post war life style,drugs/ cars, nice for the time, I lived the 60s 70s,BIG rip off by them all, This sharing as put the shites up them.And others that follow.They rip me off at the store, so why cant i rip them. Balance i see it.

posted by (2010-06-06 23:02:06)
garethjwilliams avatarjust to let you guys know i had a letter from a solicitor based in london for infringement of copyright now i had no 3 warnings just the letter saying i got 21 days to pay them £295 for costs and damages to the owners of the album Cascada ( Evaquate the dancefloor ) now according to their paperwork the album was downloaded via bitcomet, which i have never used i use azureus so the only thing i am guessing is my network was unsecured and an outsider has done this by using my router as the gateway not to sure though so i dont know what to do pay up or argue this

posted by Site Friend (2010-06-07 21:07:43)
manofkent avatarjst another way of getting shafted by the UK Government they give us then means to download then try and take them away talk about big brother what next bar codes on our arses lol

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