ISPs to Implement Anti-Piracy Policing Measures

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 16 March 2012 14:06

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Starting on July 1, major ISPs like Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and others will start implementing a substantially more strict anti-piracy policy. If they suspect you of pirating they will send you a notice. If they suspect you of pirating again, they'll send you another notice. After that, if they suspect you again, they'll send out a "confirmation notice" which requires you to confirm that you got the notice. When they send you that confirmation notice, they'll warn you about the risks you're taking by pirating. If they catch you doing it again, they will choose from a list of "mitigation measures" (as called by the RIAA) that include things such as severely throttling data speeds and suspending service until you agree to stop pirating. No ISPs have yet agreed to suspending service indefinitely, however. Again, they will start doing this on July 1. As all of this will require ISPs to monitor traffic much more closely, thus reducing privacy, I'm excited to see the reaction of the rest of the tech community. Hopefully this upcoming invasion of privacy will earn as much protest as SOPA and PIPA did, as measures such as these could lead to the same kind of censorship of information as those laws would have. You can read more about it here.