Downloaders Beware Top U.S ISP’s To Literally Slow Down Piracy
Wanting to catch the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon but short on cash? Did you miss the latest episode of Falling Skies? Well you might want to avoid trying to download them from the Internet as your Internet service provider could be now be tracking what illegal corners of the Web you wander into.
After years of negotiations, the MPAA, RIAA and some of the country’s largest Internet service providers have agreed on a new approach to help identifying customers suspected of digital copyright infringement and a way to send them warnings about their misdoings.
Americans who illegally download songs, TV shows, and movies will now receive warnings to stop, failure to do so could result in reduced Internet speeds. The new process will issue a series of six warnings, each with a progressively harsher consequences if the initial cautions were ignored.
It is estimated that digital piracy costs the United States economy $16 billion in lost revenue each year, and both the MPAA and RIAA have been eager for an efficient way to deal with the problem.
It seems this latest agreement is a sensible approach to the problem of online content theft and should respect the privacy and rights of individual users.
While downloading the latest movie or missed TV show sounds easy, there is now one more deterrent in place to help keep copyrighted material safe and the normal user out of trouble.