Throttling and popups Verizon six strikes antipiracy policy leaks

first_imgAn ambitious program that encourages all major internet service providers (ISPs) to enact punitive measures against online pirates is almost ready for prime time. At least one such ISP, Verizon, has a fully prepared system to start warning users if they have been caught engaging in illegal piracy.In a recently revealed document Verizon disclosed the ways in which it will alert — and then punish — users who are suspected of file-sharing, content pirating, etc.According to the document, the first infringement will result in an email being sent to the Verizon account holder. An automated voicemail will also be sent to the phone number that Verizon has on file. The second infringement will be the same.However, if users don’t take any action and get a third notice, things start to get a bit more in-your-face. Once a third alert is placed on a user’s account, his browser will be automatically redirected to a special website that requires the user to watch a short video about copyright law and the potential consequences of copyright infringement. The user will also need to click an “Acknowledge” popup before normal web browsing is reinstated on the account. This process occurs again for the fourth offense.For the fifth alert, though, users will face a severe — but limited — reduction in their internet speed. They will be cut down to 256Kbps (that’s painfully slow for any broadband user). The speed reduction occurs for up to three days, and users can choose to initiate the punishment any time within 14 days.If it gets to that point, users can also request to have the American Arbitration Association (AAA) get involved. Instead of taking a speed reduction, users can pay $35 to have the AAA review their case. If the AAA finds that no copyright infringement occurred, they will receive their $35 back. Again, this entire process will be repeated for the sixth offense.After six strikes, Verizon will no longer do anything to obstruct your account, but it is at that point that content providers may start actually taking direct legal action against you. Under the new policy, copyright holders will abstain from going after people for their first six acts of piracy, but after that, they are completely fair game. And if you think that no one actually gets sued over things like file-sharing, you are sorely mistaken.Also of note is that the document refers to both personal and business accounts. What effect this will have on places like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Boingo hotspots has yet to be seen.Verizon has not officially unveiled this new policy, but is expected to in the early part of 2013. Similar policies from Cablevision, Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable are also expected to be announced soon.via Torrent Freaklast_img

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