Australian crackdown on illegal downloaders

One Australian internet provider has started to crack down on copyright infringers, as the the music industry’s plan to have telcos disconnect the internet services of illegal downloaders gathers steam in Australia.The move by Exetel comes amid intense pressure by record labels worldwide for internet service providers (ISPs) to send warning notices to customers who have been identified as illegal downloaders, and to disconnect the services of repeat offenders.This week, Japan’s four major ISPs, representing about 1000 individual providers, agreed to adopt the “notice and disconnect” policy. The British Government has indicated it may legislate to force its ISPs to do the same if a voluntary code of conduct is not brokered between ISPs and rights holders.

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