Despite a spate of online speculation, Denmark will not be following other European nations and introducing anti-piracy three-strikes legislation any time soon, a government official tells Billboard.biz.

Reports that the Northern European country was looking to implement three-strikes type legislation have circulated ever since an anti-piracy committee was set up in December last year, charged with combating illegal file-sharing.

Those reports have, however, been dismissed by Bente Skovgaard Kristensen, head of division in the intellectual rights department of the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs, who tells Billboard.biz, "Introducing a three-strikes policy in Denmark is not an option."

Kristensen confirmed that a committee dealing with the issue of intellectual copyrights was currently exploring ways to combat online infringements, but reiterated that "three-strikes" type legislation was not under consideration.

Kristensen said that the committee was due to present its findings and recommendations later this year.

As previously reported, France began implementing "three-strikes" legislation earlier this month, when the first warning messages were sent to suspected copyright infringers (Billboard.biz, Oct. 22).

In the U.K., telecoms regulator Ofcom will begin sending out warning letters to people suspected of illegal file sharing early next year, although there is not yet any provision to suspend the account of repeat offenders.

In January 2009 Irish ISP Eircom signed an agreement with the four majors to disconnect users who download music illegally.