If you've read our article about Sky's takedown notices you might be interested to see what a Sky takedown letter looks like, complete with the follow-up conversation.
It's a pretty scary thing to receive a legal letter from the law firm of a large corporate, especially when they claim that you're in breach of their rights and then make a series of demands. Going to court is very expensive and even if you're in the right, do you have enough money to be a test case? If you lose you might end up not only having to pay your own costs but those of the company who sued you. The threat of legal action is pretty intimidating for most people.
Sky TV is currently sending such letters to a number of people (see an example here). These are their own paying customers, who just want to watch Sky TV on their home-made entertainment systems. So why is Sky doing it? Before we can answer that question we'll have to explain a little bit about electronic program guides.