The letters sent by the companies will advise customers on where to watch films and TV shows legally, however they will not impose a fine.
If a customer is suspected to have either downloaded copyrighted material without consent or a subscription, they will be sent a letter.
Letters are being sent out as part of a government scheme called, “Get It Right from a Genuine Site“. The government created this campaign to help crackdown on pirating.
Many students living away from home have to go without the comforts of paid for entertainment. They can end up illegally streaming content to watch.
Thomas aged 20, who studies Sports Psychology at Bournemouth University, disagrees with the scheme; “It will be hard to control. They can always create new websites, people will always be ahead. Its just a scare tactic, its not really going to work.”
However, Aimee aged 22 who is also a student at Bournemouth University, welcomes the scheme.
“I think people should start paying! I’m not sure how effective the letters will be, but if the campaign can get people to pay then great. Its so unfair on people who create TV shows and films.”
At the beginning of this week the first set of letters were sent out, while the rest are to be delivered over the next few weeks.