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Virgin Media Responds to Three-Strikes & Phorm Reports

Posted: 01st Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
Virgin Media (VM) has informed us that, contrary to recent reports concerning adoption of the "three-strikes" system (news) for use against illegal downloader’s, the operator has not yet reached an agreement and is at present only talking to the BPI.

VM were also keen to stress that they have not yet started trials of such a system with the BPI or any other rights holder. However, a spokesperson confirmed to ISPreview that their goal is to have an open discussion with rights holders and come to a voluntary solution:

A Virgin Media spokesperson said: "We have been in discussions with rights holders organisations about how a voluntary scheme could work. As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media is taking this problem seriously and would favour a sensible voluntary solution."

Virgin informs us that they won't be progressing anything in the short term and would inform customers well in advance when/if they intend to do so. The government has threatened to impose legislation by April next year unless ISPs agree to some form of voluntary code.

In addition, Virgin also pointed out that it is still only considering adoption of the controversial Phorm data pimping system (general news), although that is unlikely to put customers minds at rest.
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