Washington, DC -- Will getting hassled by an Internet service provider be enough to stop people from illegally sharing music, movies or TV shows online?
Copyright holders are hoping the answer will be yes -- as they roll out that's known as the Copyright Alert System. It calls on the nation's five biggest ISPs -- Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cablevision -- to notify users when copyright owners call them out for swapping copyrighted files online.
After getting warning notices, violators could see their Internet service slowed for 48 hours. Those who feel they are innocent can fight the piracy claim -- for a fee. A civil liberties group says the new plan might cause problems for those falsely accused -- but may be a better way to fight piracy than the lawsuits that were filed over the years to fight those accused of illegally sharing copyright material.
Also involved in the alert system with the ISPs are the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America.
Copyright Alert System site: http://www.copyrightinformation.org/the-copyright-alert-system