US ISPs Begin Disconnecting Pirates And Copyright Violators

There’s a complicated battle that persists between prolific copyright violators, ISPs, and rights holders who want to take the violators down. The Internet has been the ideal place to pirate and distribute digital wares, and thus managing the issue has been problematic.

However, according to TorrentFreak, a privacy monitoring firm called Rightscorp has been aggressively encouraging ISPs to disconnect those subscribers who are repeat (and presumably, particularly egregious) offenders. The company identifies certain offenders and contacts them via the ISP, and it asks the ISP to send along settlement demands. In the most severe cases, Rightscorp asks the ISP to disconnect the pirate.


How extensive has this gone so far? “We push ISPs to suspend accounts of repeat copyright infringers and we currently have over 140 ISPs that are participating in our program, including suspending the accounts of repeat infringers,” Rightscorp CEO Christopher Sabec told the outlet.

Reportedly, larger ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast are less enthusiastic about complying with Rightscorp’s plan (Charter appears to be an exception), so that “140” is comprised more of smaller ISPs.

Still, disconnecting subscribers is a fairly serious step. The fact that any ISPs are complying is notable.
Via:  TorrentFreak
ShawnWilder 5 months ago

I suppose China technically owns us with all the money we borrowed, guess communism was bound to happen sooner or later.

TheGreatWarMage 5 months ago

I am not sure of what to think about this. Though copyright infringement is bad to a certain extent, it is also a good thing, that has given rise to plenty as well.

By good (and a simple ex.), i give mods of any programming type. Though it is more acceptable now than not that long ago, it is still an infringement on those companies that don't accept the practice. Are these the types of people that are being targeted?

Another instance of this could even be extended to youtube or general websites. Some people place movies and such on that website, yet it could easily be extended to those that use products without permission, even off handed in the background. Pictures, products, etc. are, for the most part, under a copyright to a certain extent.

If they (the almighty they, them, it) get a small foothold, usually it is only a stepping stone to bigger things.

Going to go with a, hope they fail miserably.

AustinCurran 5 months ago

we own them too. Imagine what would happen if americans stopped buying chinese products. That be it for them

CalicalCarlos 5 months ago

there's all ways way's around everything on the net

Super Dave 5 months ago

[quote user="Calvin Garcia"]

there's all ways way's around everything on the net


Unless you can't access the net.

TButtons 5 months ago

Not quite.

RyanLaberinto 5 months ago

Pirating will always happen, I don't see this is a great solution to stopping it. There are other ways to solve pirating. Eventually people will find a way around this no matter what.

infinityzen1 5 months ago

The only real problem with disconnecting people is that they are paying for a service. So you have to refund them for the unused part of their payment period. It gets even worse for people who have multiple services through the company.

What happens to the people who have TV, Phone, and Internet through a company when they get their Internet cut off? Do you cut all three? Do you break their Triple-Play (or whatever else you call the package)? The big boys who offer this multi services really don't want to open the can of worms. You cut off their Internet, most likely they will drop everything else as well. You're looking at $150~200 a month loss.

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