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UK Music Industry and ISPs Near Illegal File Sharing Agreement
By: MarkJ - 04 November, 2008 (1:20 PM)

UK Music's chief executive, Feargal Sharkey, claims that progress has been made on a deal between the industry and broadband Internet Service Providers (ISP) to tackle illegal file sharing.

Music Week states that the comments came during yesterdays annual Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) conference in Eversheds:

According to an ISPA spokesman, Sharkey and those from the ISP community seemed optimistic that “some kind of agreement between rightholders and ISPs can be reached.” He adds, “Everyone wants to work together to make legal online models work.

The news follows July’s crucial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement (here) between copyright holders and six of the UK's largest ISPs, which account for roughly 90% of the country's broadband market.

The initial agreement approved a principal of sending warning letters to customers that have been accused of downloading illegal music or movies. However little has been heard of the deal since then, although some ISPs have tested warning letters with suspected customers.

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