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Sky has not yet specified what the punishment will be for those who continue to download illegally after the warning's deadline (stock image)'Your broadband service won't be affected as a result of receiving this email alert,' Sky wrote.'However, if you continue to share content illegally using your broadband connection, Sky will request that you take immediate steps to remove or disable any file sharing software that is being used to share copyrighted content illegally.'Mail Online contacted Virgin Media for comment on the warnings.'Virgin Media, along with all of the other major UK internet providers, is working with the UK's creative industries through a partnership called Creative Content UK (CCUK),' the company said.'This coalition aims to raise consumer awareness of the wide array of legitimate online content services and to help reduce online copyright infringement.'Virgin Media and other ISPs will soon begin sending educational emails to customers who are associated with illegal file-sharing and direct to them to a dedicated website with a list of genuine sources of where they, and others who use their account, can legally access movies, music, TV shows, books, newspapers, games and sports.'Emails sent by ISPs will be purely educational and no customer details will be shared with rights holders, government or other third parties.'The Pirate Bay is a website that hosts millions of links to files that are free to download.
But in Mad Hatter's world, those sticker prices means nothing - except inasmuch as more expensive programs are harder to crack, and that makes them the most desirable, spectacular trophies of all. Antipiracy organizations like the Software Publishers Association and Business Software Alliance estimate that more than US$5 million worth of software is cracked and uploaded daily to the Net, where anyone can download it free of charge.Sunday morning, 7 a.m., somewhere in US Eastern Standard Time: Mad Hatter gets up, has a glass of Seagram's Ginger Ale and a cigarette, and checks his machine, which has been running automated scripts all night. He has 30 messages from all over the world: some fan mail, a couple of flames, a few snippets of interesting information, three or four requests - some clear, some PGP-encoded.After a quick espresso and another cigarette, he surveys the contents of a few private FTP sites, filters through a bunch of new files, and then reroutes the good stuff to his newsreader.Peter Sunde was arrested in southern Sweden to serve an outstanding sentence for copyright violations.Sunde had been wanted by Interpol since 2012 after being sentenced in Sweden to prison and fined for breaching copyright laws.Monday morning, 9 a.m., Greenwich Mean Time: Phil arrives for work in Bracknell, England, in a suit and tie, just back from a few days in Switzerland.
Inside Novell UK's glossy five-story headquarters, he lets himself into his office.
One is the familiar, dull world of the software industry, with its development costs, marketing teams, profit, and loss. And then there is warez world, the Mad Hatter's world, a strange place of IRC channels and Usenet groups, of thrills, prestige, and fear.
A world of expert crackers who strip the protection from expensive new software and upload copies onto the Net within days of its release.
A world of wannabes and collectors, whose hard drives are stuffed like stamp albums, with programs they'll never use.
And a world of profit pirates, who do exactly what the software makers say: rip off other people's stuff and sell it for their own benefit.
The warnings are part of the government's 'Get It Right' campaign which aims to warn internet users of the dangers of online piracy.