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Internet Service Providers to Implement Pirate Notification System

Internet Service Providers in the US are reportedly working on implementing a copyright infringement notification system to flag subscribers who download or upload copyrighted material via peer-to-peer services.

According to a report issued by The Associated Press, the Copyright Alert System will allow copyright holders to prompt internet service providers to deliver a notification that the IP address is involved in illegal file exchanges.

It is commonly known that publishers often monitor uTorrent trackers and collect IP addresses involved in exchanging copyrighted materials such as games, music and movies. Under the new system, publishers will be able to submit these IP addresses, along with the time the infringement has been detected, to the Internet Service Provider. The ISP looks up who had the specific IP address at the respective time and notifies them that they are breaking the law.

The report mentions that a customer can get notified six times before losing their web connection. The first two notifications will serve as educational warnings. If the user does not stop, the provider will take more drastic steps, such as throttling their connection, or redirecting their Internet traffic to a page that requires them to acknowledge that they have been notified.

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Comments (3)

  • Marmota

    “…provider will take more drastic steps, such as throttling their connection…”
    users pay providers to have Internet, if providers throttling user connection -> user will not pay Internet bills => provider loose

    after receive notification, user will search other provider or will use vpn’s or eventually will choose a internet satellite provider from offshore country, and will have internet with no restriction :))

    would have been a better idea to invest in education, not in restriction

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  • Bogdan Botezatu

    Nobody expects this system to work 100%, it will probably make pirating stuff a little more difficult. For instance, some might not be aware that downloading a file may infringe upon someone else’s rights, so a warning system would only contribute to the education of the user.

    As far as satellite providers are concerned, they are still expensive, which defeats the purpose of downloading via shares. With that money, you could buy a couple of movies in HD format every month.

    I’d rather be concerned by people breaking into my wireless and downloading from my IP. That’s going to happen for sure.

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