Ofcom says illegal file-sharers will begin receiving warning letters regarding their online activities as from summer 2013.
The warning letters are the first-step in the three-strikes rule set out in the Digital Economy Act in a bid to tackle net piracy. The Act, which was made law in April last year, states that those thought to have illegally file-shared
digital files will be issued with a warning letter in a bid to educate the recipient that their online activities are illegal. Repeat offenders could also be faced with technical measures including having their net connection
throttled or even be disconnected from the web.
Ofcom was tasked with setting out an obligations code and under its proposals, which have yet to finalised, the letters will notify web users that their connection has been used to illegally share files and how they can protect their net
connection if they think its been hijacked and used by someone else to obtain the illegal content.
Furthermore, ISPs will be required to monitor web users thought to be illegally file-sharing and prove they can match personal details to the IP addresses being used.
Campbell Cowie, director of internet policy at Ofcom revealed the time scale a Westminster eForum on the Digital Economy Act. Cowie also said that he expects ISPs to begin implement the technology to fulfil the measure as well as creating an
independent appeals body next year.