Virgin-Universal Deal Offers Unlimited Music, Goes After File Sharers

suraj.sun writes “The UK’s Virgin Media could start suspending persistent file sharers on a temporary basis, using information provided to it by Universal Music. The ISP announced on Monday that it would, before Christmas, launch an all-you-can-eat music download service for its users, based on a monthly subscription fee. The tracks will all be DRM-free. ‘In parallel, the two companies will be working together to protect Universal Music’s intellectual property and drive a material reduction in the unauthorized distribution of its repertoire across Virgin Media’s network,’ a statement read. ‘This will involve implementing a range of different strategies to educate file sharers about online piracy and to raise awareness of legal alternatives. They include, as a last resort for persistent offenders, a temporary suspension of internet access.’ DTecNet has already been working with UK content companies for some time to do much the same thing, and is also working with RIAA in the United States.”

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