Wednesday 25 April 2012, 12:40 | By

British three-strikes now not likely to start until 2014

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Although the three-strikes enabling Digital Economy Act was passed in something of a hurry in 2010, the enforced sending of letters to suspected file-sharers that it allows is now not likely to begin until 2014, according to The Register.

A civil servant from the Department Of Culture Media & Sport called Paul Kirkman revealed the new target date at an event called Creative Coalition in London yesterday.

Record labels buoyed by the passing of the DEA two years ago had hoped the first stage of the so called graduated response system for combating file-sharing would have been well underway by now, but various issues around how the enforced letter sending will work (rights owners will identify suspected file-sharers but internet service providers will send the notes) and legal challenges by BT and TalkTalk have seriously slowed things down.

Some now wonder whether British three-strikes will ever happen, despite some research from France and elsewhere showing that stern warning letters can deter a lot of file-sharers, even without the third strike deterrent taking place (which is probably a good thing – we don’t even know what that would be in the UK).


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