ISP's to Roll-out Copyright Alert System Early Next Year
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AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will be rolling out in January a content monitoring systems that will scan your internet useage for illicit file sharing activities that may be construed as piracy. What this means is if you stream or share copyrighted material, and their system picks this up, you will be given three warnings, and the fourth offense most likely causing a termination of services.
Beware scofflaws this means that if their monitoring service isn't perfect, possibly uploading fair use content could still end up causing you to be notified. The specifications of how the system works and how it determines the actual infringement is yet to be known. I'm sure they won't release these specs anytime soon, that way they can't be compromised by those that would want to circumvent the system.
Are new legitimate online streaming services going to have to submit their ip's to the isp's so that their customers don't get warnings? So far it is not clear how they will be targeting infringement but I do know it raises more questions than they are willing to answer so far.
Rest easy for now Cox customers, and smaller ISP users. So far it doesn't seem to be a government mandate that this technology be deployed. However depending on its success we may be seeing legislation soon.