The entertainment industry has been lobbying all around the world for so-called three strikes laws that would force ISPs to disconnect suspected file sharers after three offenses. One of the countries in the center of the debate has been the UK.

The British government negotiated a deal between local ISPs and rights holders to combat piracy in June. Many saw this deal as a first step towards three strikes, and some concerned users started a petition against such measures.

The office of the Prime Minister has now responded to this petition, denying that anything like three strikes is even on the table. From the Prime Minister's blog (yes, he's got one):

"Unfortunately, much of the media reports around this issue have been incorrect. There are no proposals to make ISPs liable for the content that travels across their networks. Nor are there proposals for ISPs to monitor customer activity for illegal downloading, or to enforce a “3 strikes” policy."

The post continues to state that the government is merely conducting a public consultation aimed at educating consumers and figuring out how to deal with infringers. That's about correct, but it doesn't really say much about the options that are considered as part of the consultation. One would be to force ISPs to filter content or manage network traffic in order to fight P2P piracy, which of course dones't work without some kind of monitoring.

The consultation itself is ongoing, and British citizens or companies are invited to participate until the end of this month.

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