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Posted 22 July 2014 - 10:59

Britain just decriminalised online game piracy

 

The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable.

 

Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken.

 

The scheme, named the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is the result of years of talks between ISPs, British politicians and the movie and music industries.

 

The UK’s biggest providers – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – have all signed up to VCAP, and smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit.

 

VCAP replaces planned anti-piracy measures that included cutting users’ internet connections and creating a database of file-sharers.

 

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music trade body the BPI, said VCAP was about “persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection.”

 

He added: “VCAP is not about denying access to the internet. It’s about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice.”

 

Officials will still work to close and stem funding to file-sharing sites, but the news appears to mean that the British authorities have abandoned legal enforcement of online media piracy.

 

Figures recently published by Ofcom said that nearly a quarter of all UK downlaods were of pirated content.

 

Source: vg247




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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:11

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:14

Wow, what a slap in the face to RIAA, MPAA and similar parasitic organizations.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:15

What a waste of trees, more rubbish for the landfills.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:25

hahaha OK so....

 

I'm warning you!! I said I am warning you...What are you going to do? ... Nothing (Because it cost too much money).

 

 

Typical UK government., It was the same as Recycling. They told everyone to recycle to save their sole and the planet and whatever....Then axed it when it cost too much money to implement schemes. 



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:28

For a second there I read this topic as meaning online gaming had been illegal.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:30

I think the best part is that it took them 4 years to come up with the idea.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:35

hahaha OK so....

 

 

Typical UK government., It was the same as Recycling. They told everyone to recycle to save their sole and the planet and whatever....Then axed it when it cost too much money to implement schemes. 

Sheesh, not here in America. Once they see that a bill/law will cost Billions sometimes Trillions they just ignore it and heap on another 13000 pages that cost even more money.


Britain just decriminalised online game piracy

 

The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable.

 

Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken.

 

The scheme, named the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is the result of years of talks between ISPs, British politicians and the movie and music industries.

 

The UK’s biggest providers – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – have all signed up to VCAP, and smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit.

 

VCAP replaces planned anti-piracy measures that included cutting users’ internet connections and creating a database of file-sharers.

 

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music trade body the BPI, said VCAP was about “persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection.”

 

He added: “VCAP is not about denying access to the internet. It’s about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice.”

 

Officials will still work to close and stem funding to file-sharing sites, but the news appears to mean that the British authorities have abandoned legal enforcement of online media piracy.

 

Figures recently published by Ofcom said that nearly a quarter of all UK downlaods were of pirated content.

 

Source: vg247

So, if my IP says I'm in Britian, then it's legal to download pirated content???  :shiftyninja:  :shiftyninja:  :shiftyninja:



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:54

And about time we stopped wasting everyone's time and money.

 

 

Other countries : TAKE NOTE HERE!

I'm looking at you, Australia.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:55

 


So, if my IP says I'm in Britian, then it's legal to download pirated content???  :shiftyninja:  :shiftyninja:  :shiftyninja:

 

No, it would still be illegal, only that you won't get sued but only get a warning regarding your actions.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:57

No, it would still be illegal, only that you won't get sued but only get a warning regarding your actions.

 

Yeah so behave yourself or prepare to be severely warned!!  :huh:



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:59

Wow, what a slap in the face to RIAA, MPAA and similar parasitic organizations.

 

So, if my IP says I'm in Britian, then it's legal to download pirated content???  :shiftyninja:  :shiftyninja:  :shiftyninja:

 

The British government is no longer going to chase you down over piracy, this doesn't mean that any other company won't or can't. In fact this could increase their activities in Britain.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:02

And everyone thinks this government favours the capitalists. I guess only where they cant avoid them entirely e.g. banks.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:11

It was the same as Recycling. They told everyone to recycle to save their sole and the planet and whatever....Then axed it when it cost too much money to implement schemes.

Got any info about that?

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:11

It would be interesting to see what new ways the British Photogenic Industry comes up with to counter this.