Verizon’s Six Strike anti-piracy measure will slow down infringers internet speed to 256KB or have them pay an arbitration fine of $35.
The anti-piracy movement has gained momentum as the “six-strike” system is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. While most of the ISPs have remained close-lipped regarding their exact policy, Verizon’s full policy has been leaked to the public and applies to both consumers and business customer.
Strike 1 and 2
When the IP-Address of a Verizon customer is caught sharing copyrighted work on BitTorrent or other similar programs, they will first receive two alerts informing customers of their alleged copyright infringements and how to remove file-sharing software from their computer.
Strike 3 and 4
After the initial two alerts, customers will receive a pop-up where they will have to acknowledge that they received the new alert. After, customers will be instructed to view a video on the consequences of piracy.
Strike 5 and 6
If infringement continues after the fourth strike, customers will be moved to mitigation phase. At this point, customers can ask for a review by the American Arbitration Association (and pay a whopping $35) to prove that they were not taking part in piracy acts or undergo a temporary speed reduction to 256kbps either immediately or after 14 days.
After 6 Strikes
Users will not receive any more alerts and can continue using their internet connection at full speed should Verizon continue to notice further infringements. While it would seem that “nothing” is happening, the MPAA and RIAA may obtain the IP-addresses of the offender and take legal action against these users.
Other companies such as AT&T and Time Warner Cable have drafted their own measures against piracy. AT&T will block users’ access to some of the most frequently-visited websites on the Internet, until they complete a copyright course. Time Warner Cable will temporarily interrupt people’s ability to browse the Internet. It’s suspected that Comcast and Cablevision will take similar measures. The good news despite all of this? No ISP will permanently disconnect repeat infringers.
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