There has been a lot of controversy lately over the concept of the “three strikes law”, where if a rights holder advises an ISP that a customer has downloaded copyrighted material, the ISP must send a notice. If that happens 3 times, then the ISP must cut off that person’s internet access. Its proposal in Britain is not being well received, and rightly so. See, for example, openrightsgroup.org.
My take on the subject is in my weekly newspaper article, which I can’t publish here (ironically) because of my agreement with the newspaper but you can read it on my blog, on the Canoe Tech page, or on the London Free Press site.