AT&T, Comcast to help RIAA's anti piracy efforts

By on January 28, 2009, 2:05 PM
Late last year the RIAA revealed that they would finally stop filing mass lawsuits against file sharers in favor of a new strategy that would see the burden shift to ISPs. Under the proposed system, service providers would send warning letters to those illegally serving up music, while adopting a three strikes system to suspend or cut off a repeat offender’s internet access altogether.

The announcement was met with both praise and criticism. Regardless, it appears that plans are moving forward, with AT&T and Comcast expected to be among a group of ISPs that will cooperate with the music industry in battling illegal file sharing. The companies have yet to sign a formal agreement though and, according to CNET, they both could still back out from the plan as some details are left to be worked out – like who would pay to send the takedown notices, how the ISPs would make up the lost revenue from booting users and who’ll oversee the fairness of the system which is of course prone to error.




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Brewskie said:
I swear....If AT&T starts spying on me with this nonsense I'll join any group planning to sue them for the invasion of my privacy.
gbe300 said:
"like who would pay to send the takedown notices, how the ISPs would make up the lost revenue from booting users and who’ll oversee the fairness of the system which is of course prone to error."And lets not forget the mass exodus of people leaving their service just because they are against the RIAA and/or any form of big brother watching what they do regardless of their compliance or non-compliance to any rule set!
aspicer said:
Yah Comcast needs another "thing" to get the middle of as far as users traffic on the Internet. They're already in deep with what they do already. AT&T should stay out of this water ... let Comcast sink alone. ISP's already send notices to users who are found (by the RIAA MPAA) to be sharing (C) material.
spydercanopus said:
I'm sure virus infected users will be the first to suffer.
spydercanopus said:
[quote]And lets not forget the mass exodus of people leaving their service just because they are against the RIAA and/or any form of big brother watching what they do regardless of their compliance or non-compliance to any rule set! [/quote]People need to become aware of the importance of net neutrality. It's a slippery slope from here in that regard. What's after this is tiered Internet. Oh, you want to use bit-torrent? Fork out $20 more a month. Oh you want port 80 open? Fork up $200.
tropical36 said:
If they think there's sharing now, how about network sharing. I'm about ready to cancel with them anyway, and reach out and touch someone. Maybe they'll help me make up my mind. Long distance equipment is available, and hopefully there's a nice hotel or coffee shop nearby that qualifies.
DADEO said:
If this happens, it's good-bye Comcast, hello Verizon.
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