Verizon disconnects repeat pirates from the Web

By on January 20, 2010, 5:09 PM
In addition to warning letters, Verizon spokeswoman Bobbi Henson admitted to CNET that the company has disconnected users who were caught repeatedly pirating media. Henson noted that Verizon reserved the right to discontinue service, and that the company doesn't impose bandwidth caps like Comcast.

While she didn't reveal precisely how many people have been cut off, Henson did say that it was only a small number. She also mentioned that preliminary warnings are generally effective, and the company doesn't usually have to issue a second notice or take any further action. In many cases, it's a teenager downloading music, movies or games and parents take care of it once alerted.

Verizon is the first ISP to publicly acknowledge compliance with the RIAA's new antipiracy strategy. In December 2008 the RIAA said it would stop suing individuals, and would instead notify ISPs of suspected pirates. Internet providers would then issue a warning to the user, and the RIAA encouraged ISPs to interrupt the service of repeat offenders.




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Guest said:

143 GB the amount I dl'ed via FIOS in a couple days, lol FIOS is fast :p

oh and yes its basically tormenting

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Ok, are they only looking at bandwidth usage? What about legal torrents?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This is hardly news, the issue of discontinuing service to repeat copyright violators has been in Verizon's TOS for years.

The only thing that may be news worthy is the enforcement aspect.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

According to Broadband reports Verizon's Bobbi Henson is now saying that they have NOT terminated any Verizon customer's service and the CNET article is incorrect.

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Not sure if she's just backpedaling or if CNET was taking what she said out of context.

dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Relic said:

According to Broadband reports Verizon's Bobbi Henson is now saying that they have NOT terminated any Verizon customer's service and the CNET article is incorrect.

[link]

Not sure if she's just backpedaling or if CNET was taking what she said out of context.

nice find Relic

Zeromus said:

1)Use strictly bit torrent, others can potentially draw you into a trap

2)Block peers on an elongated list of suspicious peers at all times

3)Use only trusted trackers

I do not condone pirating but if you needed to download something for legal reasons and haven't been suspected, that's the basic precautions you would take.

almcneil almcneil said:

As much as this is welcome news for people who working the music business, it will hardly have an overall effect on pirating. It's too massive to police. Better than nothing but it won't save the music business.

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