BPI Wants BT To Suspend 100,000 Illegal Downloaders

The ongoing dispute between BT, the largest broadband provider in UK, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) over illegal file sharers on the BT network has deepened with BT rejecting evidence provided by BPI on suspected content freeloaders.

In a move aimed at curtaining illegal file sharing over the internet, BPI has reportedly delivered IP addresses of nearly 100,000 BT Broadband users which it suspects of illegal file sharing and wants BT to take action on them.

However BT has reacted to these submissions by claiming that the bulk of the information supplied was inaccurate and hence it is unable to take action against suspected users.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the alleged inaction of BT against illegal file sharers, BPI CEO Geoff Taylor mentioned "It’s shameful for a company like BT to know that a high percentage of the traffic it carries is illegal material but do nothing. If you operate a commercial service and know it is being used to break the law, taking steps to ensure it is used legally is a cost of doing business."

In its defence, BT claims that it initially agreed to send warning letters to around 1,000 suspected file sharers under a previous understanding; however it ended up receiving a deluge of complaints from BPI which was numerous times over the initial agreed figure and information received had technical inaccuracies.

Our Comments

BT knows that it needs to defend its customers or they will be leaving the internet service provider in droves, something that it simply cannot afford for now. Furthermore, it is not likely that the data that BPI is providing is completely foolproof and BT could find itself stuck between in a very tricky situation.

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