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Be Broadband Welcomes File-Sharing Deal - Doesn't Sign Up
By: MarkJ - 25 July, 2008 (8:31 AM)

The Head of Marketing at popular UK ISP Be Broadband (O2), Oli White, has issued a general comment to the media with regards to its own stance on yesterdays new illegal file-sharing deal (news). White welcomed the deal between six of the UKs major ISPs and creative (music and film) industry, though it has chosen to stick with established methods of dealing with such offences:

"Be welcomes today’s announcement form the BPI that ISPs should engage in communicating the issue of illegal file-sharing to their customers. As Be grows its member base we are getting an increasing number of requests from 3rd parties for information about members who they believe have infringed their copyright or other intellectual property rights. Be has a policy of making it clear to our members of how Be* deals with these requests.

Where a content owner (like a record label or a games company) approaches Be and requests the details of a member because of an alleged copyright infringement we will not supply this information direct to the requester unless they have a Court Order. To keep members informed of what’s going on in most circumstances we will try to contact the member in question to make them aware that we have had a request from the rights holder.

Under circumstances when a Court Order is served on Be, which requires us to supply information about member activity, we will comply with the Order and pass the relevant contact information to the rights holder (and in accordance with our Privacy and cookie policy). In this case under most circumstance we will not inform the member that this has occurred as this may compromise the investigation related to the Court Order.

The process described is more or less identical to the one employed by most UK ISPs prior to yesterday’s agreement, which has left many smaller and medium sized providers out of the mix. Unfortunately it may only be a matter of time before the new deal, once refined, becomes a mandatory code of practice for the entire industry.

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