TechDirt reports that U.S wireless carrier AT&T has recently introduced a new “six-strikes” policy for its high-speed internet subscribers, which will see the company give customers who continually use their account for copyright infringement 6 chances to change their ways, before legal action may be taken against them.
The policy will see the carrier from the beginning of this month impose new rules on its high-speed internet customers, seeing those who have downloaded content which is considered to have infringed on a person (or entity)’s individual copyright, have access to their mobile internet connection monitored, and certain access to websites blocked, redirected or even cut-off completely.
“In an effort to assist content owners with combating on-line piracy, AT&T will be sending alert e-mails to customers who are identified as having been downloading copyrighted content without authorization from the copyright owner,” the leaked document reads.
“The reports are made by the content owners and are of IP-addresses that are associated with copyright infringing activities. AT&T will not share any personally identifiable information about its customers with content owners until authorized by the customer or required to do so by law.”
Time Warner Cable, who is also getting in on the anti-piracy policy, says that customers who continue to infringe on copyrighted content using their data connection will eventually be redirected to a default landing page, where they can learn more about why copyright infringement is not tolerated.
Verizon will also join the plans starting next month, with its policy stating that it will reduce the speeds of the infringing customer’s connection to roughly 256kbps. For anyone not following, that’s slow. Super slow.
You’ve been warned.