ISPs sent 1.3M copyright infringement notices to US customers last year

17 12 2014
The nation’s top Internet service providers sent more than 1.3 million infringement notices to alleged copyright scofflaws last year, according to a study released Wednesday.

The system works by matching IP addresses to account holders, and the notices were sent by just five ISPs participating in the so-called “copyright alert system” (CAS) that commenced in February 2013, a US program strongly backed by the Obama administration and run by the newly created Center for Copyright Information. Those ISPs are AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon.

Subscribers can get two notices for “educational” purposes that their accounts have been used to commit infringement. Upon a third and fourth notice, the subscriber must respond and acknowledge it. On the fifth and sixth notices, consumers may have their speeds throttled.


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