RIAA: ISP Anti-Piracy Programs Set To Launch July 1st
March 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM (PT)
At a panel discussion before American publishers, RIAA honcho CARY SHERMAN revealed that "most of the participating ISPs -- which could include COMCAST, CABLEVISION, VERIZON and TIME WARNER CABLE -- will begin implementation of anti-piracy programs to discourage its customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software, CNET reports. Although though ISPs agreed to adopt such policies last JULY, they have refrained from divulging any details.
The "graduated response" program requires that ISPs send out educational notices to those customers who are accused of downloading copyrighted content illegally. If the customer doesn't stop, the ISP will then asked to send out "confirmation notices," asking that they confirm they have received notice, and also inform them of the risks they incur if they don't stop pirating material.
If the customer is flagged for pirating again, the ISP can choose from a list of what the RIAA calls "mitigation measures," which include throttling down the customer's connection speed and suspending Web access until the subscriber agrees to stop pirating.
The ISPs have to right to waive the mitigation measures if they choose -- and not one of them agreed to permanently terminating service of the scofflaws.
Everything will not necessarily be in place on JULY 1st, however. SHERMAN noted that it could take up for a year for all the ISPs to get their programs fully in gear. "Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system," he said, "for establishing the database so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice. Every ISP has to do it differently depending on the architecture of its particular network. Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion."