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AT&T, Other ISP'S to Punish Those Who Illegally Download

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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I use Buckeye, which is a local company. AT&T sucked ass when I had them. Buckeye does not plan on monitoring their customer's internet activity.




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.

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Cary H. Sherman, left, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, and Mitch Bainwol, its chairman and chief executive. The association was one of the media organizations involved in the agreement with Internet providers.

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.

In bringing together the media companies and Internet carriers, the deal demonstrates how the once-clear line separating those two businesses has been blurred. Eight years ago, the Recording Industry Association of America had to sue Verizon to try to uncover the identity of a customer who was sharing music online. This year, Comcast completed its merger with NBC, bringing an owner of digital content and a conduit for it under the same roof.

Now the Internet providers are hoping to profit as they pipe music and video of the nonpirated variety to their customers.

“The I.S.P.’s want to cooperate with Hollywood because the carriers recognize that their own growth depends in part on bundled content strategies,” said Eric Garland of BigChampagne, which tracks online media traffic. “They don’t want to be just utilities providing Internet access, but premium content distributors as well.”

The system announced on Thursday involves a series of six warnings that an Internet provider can send to a customer whom the media companies have identified as a possible copyright infringer.

The warnings escalate from simple e-mail notifications to, at levels 5 and 6, a set of “mitigation measures,” like reduced connection speeds or a block on Web browsing. As the alerts progress, a customer must acknowledge that he understands the notice. Customers will also have the opportunity to contest the complaint.

The effect on consumers, the companies hope, will be more of a deterrent-by-annoyance — rather than the random lightning bolt of litigation that was once the preferred method of enforcement by the recording industry association, one of the parties to the agreement.

The media companies were also represented by the Motion Picture Association of America and groups acting on behalf of independent record companies and filmmakers. The Internet carriers involved in the deal include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner Cable.

The music and movie companies, which estimate that digital piracy costs the United States economy $16 billion in lost revenue each year, have been eager for an efficient way to deal with the problem.

As illegal downloading has become ingrained as a cultural habit, especially among young people, expensive litigation has become less effective, and the lawsuits against individuals were something of a public relations disaster for the music companies. The new deal, the companies say, offers plenty of chances for even the most recalcitrant pirates to reform.

“This is a sensible approach to the problem of online content theft and, importantly, one that respects the privacy and rights of our subscribers,” Randal S. Milch, executive vice president and general counsel for Verizon, said in a statement.

The agreement has an unlikely origin: it came about as a result of an effort to crack down on child pornography that was led by Andrew M. Cuomo while he was the New York attorney general.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/technology/to-slow-piracy-internet-providers-ready-penalties.html?_r=1


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carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

bump

carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM


Quoting carterscutie85:

bump



mysweetmelissa
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM

 We have AT&T, the only other provider here is Time Warner, and they suck so much.  We had issues with speed when we last had them, they sent 3 different tech out 3 different times and all said they either didn't know what the problem was or weren't trained to fix it.  We don't download anything illegally though.

carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I am kind of hoping local people switch to Buckeye over this, it will help the economy more.

Pink_Sunshine
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I ended up having to buy all of my Music after downloading it free. I didn't want to take any chances and the new Itunes removes illegal downloads.

xxlilmomma09
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Illegal downloading is ALWAYS going to exist. Why can't they grasp that idea and get over it, lol?

mallowcup17
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

me too

Quoting Pink_Sunshine:

I ended up having to buy all of my Music after downloading it free. I didn't want to take any chances and the new Itunes removes illegal downloads.


Pink_Sunshine
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Mallowcup, I cannot get a fine or jail time for some Music :P oh no

carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I don't download illegally because I don't know how LOL

But I know people who do it and I do give them blank dvd's to download movies for me.

mallowcup17
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM

thank god this wasnt a big deal when i was in college, o man that computer was all music lol...exactly not gonna risk anything for some music

Quoting Pink_Sunshine:

Mallowcup, I cannot get a fine or jail time for some Music :P oh no


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