Ofcom wants your view on three strikes rule

The Government has asked UK Internet users to share their views on Ofcom proposals for a new 'three strikes' rule on illegal file sharing.

In an article on its YouGov web site entitled 'Online copyright infringement: have your say', the Government lays out Ofcom's plans to implement a code demanding that offending users are disconnected by their ISPs.

The code has been issued in compliance with the controversial Digital Economy Act, steamrollered through parliament by the about-to-be-ousted Labour government. The Act was fiercely opposed by the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in the UK's governing coalition, but broadly supported by the Conservative Party.

After the new Government issued a get-out for small and medium-sized ISPs last week, the code only applies to Internet service providers with 400,000 users or more, who between them make up 96 per cent of the British broadband market.

The ISPs affected are BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media, Sky, Orange, O2 and the Post Office.

Under the proposed 'three strikes' rule, ISPs will be compelled to hand over the IP addresses and details of subscribers who are found to be illegally sharing copyrighted material.

The ISP is then obliged to send the offending user an informal letter asking them to stop. If they don't, they'll be sent two more letters of increasing severity – before having their broadband connection temporarily disconnected.

If approved, the new code will come into effect in early 2011.

So... Ofcom wants to know what you think of its code. Find out how to tell them here.

You have until 30 July.