To Slow Piracy, American Internet Providers Ready Penalties

Americans who illegally download songs and movies may soon be in for a surprise: They will be warned to stop, and if they don’t, they could find their Internet access slowing to a crawl.After years of negotiations with Hollywood and the music industry, the nation’s top Internet providers have agreed to a systematic approach to identifying customers suspected of digital copyright infringement and then alerting them via e-mail or other means.To read this New York Times report in full, see: see:Top ISPs agree to become copyright cops
Some of the top ISPs, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, have officially agreed to step up efforts to protect the rights of copyright owners, a move first reported last month by CNET.”Leaders from the movie, television, music and Internet service provider communities today announced a landmark agreement on a common framework for ‘Copyright Alerts,'” the parties said today in a statement. Copyright Alerts “will educate and notify Internet subscribers when their Internet service accounts possibly are being misused for online content theft. This voluntary landmark collaboration will educate subscribers about content theft on their Internet accounts, benefiting consumers and copyright holders alike.” you fear new ISP copyright enforcers?
A partnership announced today between big entertainment companies and some of the nation’s largest Internet service providers will not mean the end of online piracy. To be sure, the parties involved know this.The most savvy tech users and dedicated file sharers will continue to pirate content and perhaps there isn’t any way to stop them. But the hope of Hollywood film studios and the four largest record companies is that the participating ISPs, which include Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, can help discourage mainstream Internet users from sharing content illegally over the Web. Cops Team with ISPs to Crackdown on Music, Movie Pirates
A group of prominent Internet service providers, including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, announced Thursday that they would seek a more active role to protect copyright owners–a.k.a. the entertainment industry–from online piracy.ISPs will now send “Copyright Alerts” to internet subscribers when their connection is allegedly being used for content theft. If a single subscriber receives multiple alerts without responding, ISPs may limit the user’s connection speed or block them from accessing the web altogether.

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