Leading British broadband service provider BT has begun issuing notices to its subscribers warning it will disconnect them from the Net should they illegally share copyright-protected music on its networks.

BT's new stance is seen as another victory for the British recording industry, which recently reached a breakthrough with Virgin Media on an "education campaign" with the ISP's customers.

Speaking on the development with BT, the BPI's chief executive Geoff Taylor comments, "Establishing partnerships with ISPs is the No. 1 issue for the BPI, and we are beginning to form positive working relationships with BT, Virgin Media and most of the other major ISPs."

According to the BPI, more than 6.5 million consumer broadband accounts in the U.K. are used to access music without permission using peer-to-peer services.

In the United Kingdom, ISPs are under government pressure to find a voluntary solution with the industry, or face legislation from early 2009. The BPI, meanwhile, has taken a determined vow to engage with government and the ISPs to reached these goals without the need for intervention.

"Music has huge value, and ISPs can play a positive role in its future, by working with us to develop new services, helping with consumer education, and tackling the illegal filesharing on their networks," adds Taylor. "Everyone agrees on where we need to be, and we are working closely with our colleagues across the music community, the more progressive ISPs, and government to get us there."