The UK were long thought to be the second European country to implement so-called three strikes legislation, but the idea to stop file sharing with a cooperation between ISPs and rights holders seems to be getting less and less popular: The UK's Lord Carter, who has been in charge of figuring out solutions against online piracy, recently told music industry professionals that he doesn't believe sending warning notices to file sharers will have any effect, according to Music Week. The trade magazine quotes him with the following words.

"It is a waste of time telling young people that swapping music is illegal."

Carter also noted that the idea of a Digital Rights Agency, which was supposed to oversee three strikes ore similar tactics against file sharing, is quickly losing support. Carter said the idea had been "torched by some", according to Music Week. That seems to be a thinly veiled reference to record labels which recently have been complaining about the potential costs of such a regulatory body.

The idea behind three strikes is to send warning messages to suspected file sharers, and potentially disconnect them from the Internet if they chose to ignore two such warnings. The music industry has been trying to get such a policy implemented around the globe, but these efforts have been met with a lot of skepticism both from ISPs, and increasingly politicians as well. German government officials for example called the idea a "completely unreasonable punishment."

Lord Carter is scheduled to publish a final Digital Britain report in June that will give us a better idea of the future of P2P lawsuits and three strikes in the UK.

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