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Prelude to movie piracy? RIAA and ISPs to police your traffic starting July 12

03-15-2012, 09:28 PM
During a panel discussion held for U.S. publishers today, RIAA chairman Cary Sherman said his association and a number of ISPs—including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon—will begin policing traffic to crack down on piracy starting this summer.

The deal is not new, however—the RIAA and the participating ISPs came to this agreement last June. But the delay was bureaucratic: according to CNET, Sherman explained that, "each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system, He gave July 12 as the "start date" for the traffic monitoring to start.

"The system" according to Torrent Freak, involves major labels monitoring BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks for copyright infringement, and then reporting that infringement to ISPs, who will monitor their networks for the transgressors.

Once an ISP has determined that you're accessing pirated material, there will be an "Initial Education step" in which customers are informed that they're engaging in an illegal act. A customer may get one or two of these education notices and, if the pirating doesn't stop, they'll be issued another warning. This warning will require acknowledgment of receipt, "along with a pledge to end infringing activity from the account," according to TorrentFreak. If that doesn't take, the ISP will issue a Mitigation Measure Copyright Alert, which could involve throttling or curtailing the connection, although it won't yet lead to a total cut off. (Here's Ars' rundown on how to challenge a Mitigation Alert.)

Alot better than suing users, or shutting down websites.

03-15-2012, 11:38 PM
Guess Im mistaken. The MPAA is included in this, not just the RIAA.

03-16-2012, 06:52 AM
That approach makes a lot more sense and can work without alienating the customer base.

03-16-2012, 08:16 AM
I see a lot of kids with laptops in hotel lobbies and McDonalds surfing away with free WiFi. I am not saying that these kids are strictly downloading movies/music, but this seems to be growing. Maybe after the first email warning, they are informed where to go to get free WiFi.

03-16-2012, 09:58 AM

This won't do anything.

03-17-2012, 10:20 AM
Hmmm, interesting https://www.asdfhacks.com/wp-content/upload/34/j/confused.gif