If you pirate TV shows you should be very afraid

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If you pirate TV shows you should be very afraid

The emails will encourage users to download their favourite shows (Picture: Getty)

If you prefer to watch your favourite TV show by downloading it for free from some suspect source then you could be getting a friendly warning email in your inbox come next year.

Instead of threatening you or demanding money the emails will instead educate customers about legal alternatives, Amazon, Netflix etc..and lists what files have been shared.

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They will be sent to anyone detected of infringing copyright by using ‘unlawful’ P2P File Sharing.as part of the government’s plan to get internet service providers to issue warnings to customers.

The idea is that people will stop pirating shows if they know their activity can be detected, reports IS Preview.

If it feels familiar that’s because it has been talked about for a number of years but has only recently got the support of the big ISPs – like BT. Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky.

Closeup of Password Box in Internet Browser; Shutterstock ID 129753287

The letters will focus on anyone thought to have been sharing through P2P websites(Picture: Shutterstock)

The CCUK, which has been running the ‘Get it Right From a Genuine Site’ campaign told TorrentFreak they expect the system to start in early 2017.

A spokesperson said: ‘Educational emails will help account owners and others who use their accounts to do the right thing and get their content from legitimate sources.

‘As well as providing links to help the customer find legal sources of content in future, the email will direct the user to further resources to answer any questions they may have about how the information was obtained and how to make sure their account is not used to infringe content again.’