Illegal downloaders could face warnings

Following the result of a successful trial program in the US, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft is urging internet service providers to send warning letters to customers suspected of illegal downloading.

Following the result of a successful trial program in the US, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft is urging internet service providers to send warning letters to customers suspected of illegal downloading.

The film industry is supporting the move, urging ISPs to take up their cause. AFACT’s last study (2005) revealed that illegal downloads and piracy had cost the industry in excess of $250 million a year, with the figure anticipated to be far higher than this now.

AFACT executive director Adrianne Pecotic said the program had worked well in the US with nine out of 10 users suspected of illegal downloading stopping after the first warning.

AFACT is proposing a voluntary agreement with ISPs – however Australia’s largest ISP, Telstra Bigpond have said it is piracy is a matter for police to target.

“We want to play our part but in order to have a democratic society … you need laws on one hand and law enforcement on the other hand,” BigPond group managing director Justin Milne said.

Source: SMH

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