July 24, 2009
[efoods]Editor’s note: British internet subscribers who use peer-to-peer networks are considered to be criminals and must repent by signing a waiver.
Web users suspected of file-sharing are being cut off without warning by internet service provider (ISP) Karoo, based in Hull.
Karoo, the only ISP in the area, makes customers sign a document promising not to repeat the offence in order to get their service restored.
Some customers have had their accounts suspended for more than two years.
While the firm calls its policy “the responsible approach”, a digital rights group has called it “unfair”.
If a copyright owner such as a major music label notifies Karoo of their content being illegally shared, as soon as the ISP can confirm this information it suspends that user’s internet connection.