Despite the news of stricter regulations on illegal file sharing and the threat of disconnecting repeat offenders from the internet, 18% of people who took part in a PC Advisor poll still plan to illegally share files because they think "it's beyond policing now."
On 21 October 2011, Ofcom claimed that it will try to combat the rising levels of illegal file sharing in the UK with a new approach. Ofcom says that in 2013 warning letters will be the first-step in the 'three-strike' rule set out in the Digital Economy Act in a big to tackle net piracy.
The letters will notify web users that their connection has been used to illegally share files and advise how they can protect their net connection if they think it’s been hijacked and used by someone else to obtain the illegal content. Repeat offenders could also be faced with 'technical measures' including having their net connection throttled or even be disconnected from the web. Ofcom will require ISPs to monitor web users thought to be illegally file-sharing and prove they can match their personal details to the IP address being used.
- See Illegal file-sharering poll
- See Ofcom: Illegal file-sharing warning letters to be issued in 2013
Interestingly a further 13% of respondents in our illegal file-sharers poll planned to continue illegally share files but confirmed they would do so while taking "more precautions not to get caught". The remaining 7% of voters in our poll who admitted to illegally sharing files (48% in total), revealed they were taking Ofcom's new measures seriously and said they would "have to see the letter" before they would make up their mind as to whether they would continue to illegally sharing files or not.
The vast majority of our poll participants (62%) claimed they do not illegally share files, so are not concerned by Ofcom's new plan. However, the two contrasting opinions on illegal file sharing struck a nerve with our readers and they took to our forums to further argue their points. Forum user johndrew expressed his "surprise" that people openly admitted to illegal file sharing and went on to say "theft, regardless of how it is carried out, affects others either directly or indirectly and needs to be punished with utmost severity."
On the other side of the coin, forum user gengiscant thinks the over-pricing of music and film is the reason piracy is rife "Piracy is here to stay, now it is up to companies to produce products that people want to buy and at a price we want to pay."