A series of leaked internal training documents from ISP AT&T have revealed that the company plan to send anti-piracy warnings to subscribers on November 28th.
The documents obtained by TorrentFreak also states that users whose accounts are flagged frequently for alleged copyright infringements will have access to their most visited websites blocked until they complete an online copyright course. Details of what is involved in this ‘copyright tutorial’ were not revealed however.
This move comes after the last years’ collaboration between the 5 major ISP’s in the U.S and the MPAA and RIAA to launch the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).
The organizations established a system by which subscribers would receive warnings stating that their copyright infringements were unacceptable. If they continue to infringe after several warnings then ISPs will take a number of ‘repressive measures’ to punish these subscribers.
A source inside the CCI told TorrentFreak that other ISP’s Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will begin similar anti-piracy campaigns around the same time as AT&T begins implementing their new policy.
To date, none of the ISP’s involved have released information to the media about the new system, but these leaked documents from AT&T give us some idea about what is in store.
The documents give this overview about the new anti-piracy campaign:
“In an effort to assist content owners with combating on-line piracy, AT&T will be sending alert e-mails to customers who are identified as having been downloading copyrighted content without authorization from the copyright owner.”
“The reports are made by the content owners and are of IP-addresses that are associated with copyright infringing activities. AT&T will not share any personally identifiable information about its customers with content owners until authorized by the customer or required to do so by law.”
The CCI agreement allows ISPs to decide how they will punish repeat infringers. These documents from AT&T show that they have gone for the option of website blockading & the copyright course punishment – rather than choosing to throttle the connection speeds of subscribers.
The documents also warn that repeat offenders run the risk of legal action, stating:
“After the fifth alert, the content owner may pursue legal action against the customer, and may seek a court order requiring AT&T to turn over personal information to assist the litigation.”
Under the copyright alert system ISPs have to inform rightholders which IP-addresses are consistently flagged. The MPAA and RIAA can then take this information and use it to get a subpoena for the personal details of the account holder.
TorrentFreak have heard reports from VPN and other proxy providers that there has been an increase in new subscribers from the U.S and they believe that this is anticipation of the new anti-piracy scheme.
Source: Torrent Freak