Looks like the British are blithely going where the French couldn’t go by adopting a 3 strikes rule for illegal filesharers. First you get warning letters and then you get disconnected from the internet.

Not only does this mean that basically your internet connection will be monitored for this kind (and what other?) behaviour, but also that people will be forced to switch to encrypted internet connections, making police and MI5 work much more difficult.

Lord Mandelson sets date for blocking filesharers’ internet connections | Technology | guardian.co.uk.