Popular Science News | Falsely Accused Illegal Downloaders Pay to Prove Innocence

Popular Science News – the communications regulator Ofcom has introduced a new rule whereby if customers of internet providers are thought to be illegally downloading then they have to pay £20 to prove their innocence. The way it works is that if they have been warned three times in a year then their anonymous details will be sent to copyright holders who will then apply for a court order to have their details revealed.

If, however, the accused customer pays a £20 fee then they can launch an appeal to prove their innocence. Not sure how this would work. Something like, “I didn’t do it but can’t prove that something didn’t happen.” This will become law in 2014.

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