The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has compared the fight against illegal file sharing to battling drunk driving. They see their actions to force six ISPs to hand over the identities of 31 subscribers that the BPI alleges to have shared copyrighted music on P2P networks as just the beginning in their battle to deter people from illegal file sharing.
One BPI spokesman said this action will be part of a long-term process to attempt to deter people from illegal file sharing. "In terms of behavioral change, the U.K. government has broadcast the dangers of drunk driving, but people still drunk drive," said the BPI spokesman. The ISPs have less than two weeks to hand over the information to the BPI who will probably use it to sue the individuals. Usually these cases are settled out of court and it’s likely the users will hand over about £2000 each.