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Denmark considering three strikes

By | Published on Thursday 28 October 2010

According to TorrentFreak, Denmark could be the next country to introduce a three-strikes style system for combating illegal file-sharing. The website says the country’s Ministry Of Culture is currently in talks with both content owners and internet service providers with a view to pushing new laws through the country’s parliament.

They add: “At the moment there are two models on the table. Rightsholders will almost certainly do all the monitoring of file-sharers, but in one model ISPs send out warning letters and in the other the task is handled by a public body. In both models, an independent body assesses the evidence”.

Denmark would join the UK, France, New Zealand and South Korea in introducing laws where persistent file-sharers can have their net connections suspended or disconnected if they fail to heed written warnings.

According to TechDirt, in South Korea, the first country to properly launch a three-strikes system, some persistent file-sharers are only actually getting one warning letter before net suspension proceedings begin, which I guess equals two strikes then your out.

Meanwhile, Music Week reported earlier this week that in France, where the three-strikes system only recently got properly under way, up to 25,000 warning letters are currently being sent out every single day. Also Free, the French ISP who had previously refused to pass on said warning letters to their customers (they argued that technically speaking they didn’t have to because of the way the French three-strikes law was worded), are now doing so.