Trade org asks for suspension of 59 Internet accounts

LONDON — British record companies are looking for more cooperation from Internet service providers as they step up their battle to beat online music piracy.

This week trade org British Phonographic Industry wrote to ISPs Tiscali and Cable & Wireless to ask for the suspension of 59 Internet accounts used for illegal filesharing.

Until now the BPI has concentrated on people who upload music files to the web, however, by targeting the ISPs, the organization is stepping up to a new level of legal action.

The BPI has identified 17 Tiscali addresses and 42 Cable & Wireless addresses that have been used to upload significant quantities of music. It is requesting that the ISPs now suspend those accounts until they sign undertakings agreeing to stop unauthorized filesharing.

In a statement, BPI general counsel Roz Groome said: “Both Tiscali and Cable & Wireless state in their terms of use for sub-scribers that Internet accounts should not be used for copyright infringement. We now invite them to enforce their own terms of use.”

So far, the BPI has pursued legal action against 139 uploaders. Of the four cases that have gone to court, all judgments ruled in the record companies’ favor. A further 111 uploaders have settled out of court, paying amounts of up to £6,500 ($11,973).

BPI chairman Peter Jamieson added: “We have said for months that it is unacceptable for ISPs to turn a blind eye to industrial-scale copyright infringement. We are providing Tiscali and Cable & Wireless with unequivocal evidence of copyright infringement via their services. It is now up to them to put their house in order and pull the plug on these people.”

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