VCAP's Four Strikes and You're... Free to Continue Pirating Stuff Rules Put in Place

By Gary Cutlack on at

The new, significantly more relaxed VCAP piracy warning system comes in to place today, with the major UK ISPs agreeing to start sending warning letters to households of illegal downloads. Up to four letters will be sent, before... nothing else happens.

The idea is to stop dangling the threat of legal action or a disconnected internet connection, but to educate bill-payers into choosing legal options by having participating ISPs "alert and advise" users when piracy is happening via their pipes.

The scheme will be funded jointly by the ISPs and an umbrella group of copyright holders, with BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media the first wave of providers to sign up. [BPI via The Register]