Under the new plan, the RIAA would alert an ISP when it suspects a user is illegally serving up music. The ISP will then either forward the email or send their own warning to customers asking them to stop. After a few follow-ups, alongside perhaps introducing a slower broadband service, the ISP may cut off the offender’s internet access altogether. Those concerned with privacy can also take comfort in the fact that the new scheme will not have ISPs passing user information on to the RIAA.
This is somewhat similar to the “three strikes” anti piracy effort in France though in this case there was reportedly no government pressure behind the plan – with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo acting only as a broker. How effective will this new strategy be remains to be seen but hopefully it will be a step in the right direction.