ATT, Cox, Comcast Following New RIAA Procedures

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News Posted: Wed, Mar 25 2009 11:47 PM

Last December, the RIAA announced it was giving up on file-sharing lawsuits, and would be working with ISPs in a three-strikes policy program which would eventually result in broadband being cut off for repeat offenders of illegal file-sharing. At a digital music conference in Nashville this week, AT&T's Jim Cicconi stated that the company has begun testing a such takedown notification system.

An industry insider told C|Net:
Cicconi told attendees of the Leadership Music Digital Summit that the notices are part of a "trial." AT&T wants to test customer reaction, he said. Whether AT&T included any warnings that repeat offenders would see their service suspended or terminated is still unclear. Music industry sources said AT&T told managers at the top labels the trial letter would include strong language about the consequences of illegal conduct, but would stop short of mentioning service interruptions.
This was the first time an ISP has admitted participating in the new policy. Previously, C|Net noted that AT&T and Comcast were likely to participate.

While AT&T was the first, they weren't the last. Later in the conference, on Wednesday, Joe Waz, a senior VP at Comcast, told the same conference attendees that the company has issued 2 million similar notices.

Additionally, sources told C|Net that Cox is also participating.

The source above said AT&T would not disconnect a user, as is what is supposed to happen after a "third strike" of file-sharing, and Comcast was careful at the conference to call this a "trial" program. This is likely just the first step towards the full-blown three-strikes policy.

Other countries have considered this sort of policy previously, but no "systemic" adoption of such a policy has taken place, yet.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Mar 26 2009 12:12 PM

There's gonna be a lot of pissed off people when they start shutting people down for false positives...

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Mar 27 2009 6:22 PM

Sounds like a great idea for a new trojan, and here I have a free weekend to kill.

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Freeman replied on Sat, Mar 28 2009 2:29 AM

Thank god I live in Canada...

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kid007 replied on Sat, Mar 28 2009 5:50 PM

this is stupid how will they know? oh wait let me see his download history and upload this is getting more stupid than the laws in new jersey :)

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