British ISPs agreed to help the reduction of the online file sharing of copurighted music files, after significant pressure applied to them by the British government that would impose legislation if they did not work to curb illegal file-sharing.
Virgin Media , BSkyB , Carphone Warehouse , BT, Orange and Tiscali have agreed to work towards a "significant reduction" in the illegal sharing of content.
ISPs will send letters to illegal downloaders each week under a three-month trial, warning them that they are being monitored.
In case the warnings do not work, additional options could include a complete throwing of file-sharers off the web, traffic shaping to slow access for those who are either illegally uploading or downloading, or filtering to prevent illegal tracks from being downloaded.
Some 6 million Britons are thought to engage in illegal file-sharing each year.
Privacy rights organizations do not agree and argue that the specific EU law disregards privacy rights.