Finland's IFPI affiliate has expressed its concerns about potential inadequacies in proposed legislation that would force ISPs to issue warning notices to customers accused of copyright infringement.

The draft proposal was published by the Ministry of Culture in May this year and is currently being reviewed by government ministers and co-operating cultural organizations, with a view to introducing a revised version of the bill in Parliament in September.

The draft legislation has, however, been met with criticism from several sectors of the Finnish music industry for its relatively soft stance on copyright infringers.

Anti-piracy laws recently passed in the United Kingdom and France make provision for copyright infringers' broadband access to be restricted or terminated after several repeated warnings. However, IFPI Finland is concerned about a lack of a 'three strikes' sanction or a provision to track repeat infringements within the Finnish government's draft proposal.

Speaking to, Lauri Rechardt, chief executive of IFPI Finland, says the draft legislation was "positive news" for the country's creative industries but warns that, if the Finnish government "really wants to change users' online behavior, there needs to be a system in place to track whether individuals have stopped infringing copyright law and there would need to be some form of effective sanction for those that continue to break the law despite warnings."

"The government also needs to ensure that the process is cost-effective for the rights-holders that are suffering from the impact of high levels of online piracy," Rechardt adds.

One stumbling block to the introduction of 'three strikes' legislation in Finland appears to be the government's July 1 declaration that broadband access is a legal right for all its citizens, thus, theoretically at least, negating any threat of disconnection. The Nordic country is committed to providing 100 Mbps access to all its citizens by 2015.

Illegal file sharing in Finland will not stop, however, unless tougher legislative sanctions are introduced to the draft proposal, says Rechardt. "We want to see users migrate to the great value legal services available, but we doubt the proposals as they currently stand will achieve this," he says.