Piracy is a worldwide problem, with many games, movies, and songs being downloaded illegally, meaning that developers, film crew and artists may be losing out on some potential revenue. Previously, there was always the worry in the UK of action being taken against you, but this is now no longer the case.
The British government has started a scheme – named Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP) – which is a punishment free anti-piracy measure. That means you’ll be sent up to four warning letters, detailing how your actions are illegal, but no further action will be taken.
Naturally, this seems to make Britain a place with much more freedom, allowing people to choose whether to pay for their content themselves. While that may be the case, it’s bad for creators who may find that a high percentage of their games or other media is effectively stolen
This isn’t an ideal situation, but then again neither is extortionate fines or jail sentences for downloading copyrighted content without paying. To me, it seems almost like a cop-out to delay proceedings even further. What do you think?