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UK pirates to receive 4 warnings a year as part of anti-piracy campaign

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As a result of years of efforts by the movie and music industry and the ISPs, one of the persistent problems of the cyber world is going to be addressed by issuing educational material to people who are suspected to be pirates and warning them about the legal punishments for copyright infringement.

The anti-piracy campaign will begin next year and will issue a warning 3 to 4 times a year to people who share copyrighted files on file-sharing sites which counts as intentional piracy. The warnings will be dispatched to their mailboxes or emails.

The primary purpose of the campaign is to educate people on how infringing on copyrights affect the artists and the ways to enjoy digital content legally.

The Digital Economy Act 2010 outlines this kind of warning and also states that the net access of persistent pirates should be cut off if they fail to quit even after several warnings.

The Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap) is backed by the government and copyright holders who want to abolish piracy.

BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky have currently signed in to the programme and the other ISPs are expected to join soon. The government has agreed to spend £3.5 million for the campaign that will educate pirates of the ways to enjoy movie and music content in legal ways.

The Vcap scheme was launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable who said that it is a creative industry but is difficult to protect. The creative industries, with almost 1.68 million people working, contribute nearly £71 billion to the UK economy, which could rise if the prevalent piracy does not exist.