New Proposals Will Fight Online Piracy

July 7th, 2011 at 10:09 pm | 3 Comments |

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The New York Times reports:

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.

Under the new process, which was announced Thursday, several warnings would be issued, with progressively harsher consequences if the initial cautions were ignored.

The companies took pains to say that the agreement did not oblige Internet providers to shut down a repeat offender’s account, and that the system of alerts was meant to be “educational.” But they noted that carriers would retain their right to cut off any user who violated their terms of service.


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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Lonewolf

    “Terms of service” also posit that there will actually be “service”.
    If I’m paying for high-speed connection, continually advertised as “up to xxx mbp/s”, I had better receive something approximating that advertised rate. If an ISP wants to accuse me of violating its terms, it had better be prepared to justify itself in civil court. Otherwise it is merely practising fraud, in a classic “bait-and-switch” ripoff.

    • Kevin B

      I’m guessing that if they have escalated to the point where they are throttling your bandwidth, they will have plenty of evidence documented.

  • drdredel

    @Lonewolf,

    while I agree wholeheartedly my message to you is “good luck with that”.

    Here’s how George Carlin saw it… he was spot on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsL6mKxtOlQ