BPI, Virgin partner on file sharing

New education campaign will help combat piracy

The British record industry has achieved a breakthrough in its ongoing engagement with Internet service providers to help rein in illegal file sharing.

Virgin Media and the British Phonographic Institute have agreed on a new "education campaign" to help the media group's broadband customers legitimately download music on their network.

Virgin Media customers who have been found to distribute music files in breach of copyright will receive informative letters from the ISP and BPI.