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ISPs Target Copyright Infringing Customers With Film Industry Deal

ISPs Target Copyright Infringing Customers With Film Industry Deal
The joint action will see implementation of a ‘Copyright Alert System’ that calls on ISPs to send email notices to customers accused by copyright holders of illegally downloading their content.

The system could see customers in the US having their internet speeds cut down or being redirected to educational pages on copyright infringement after five notices.

“This is no different to what we have been asking ISPs to do in Australia — send education notices to their customers, and then, for those repeat infringers who choose to ignore the education notices, implement a range of sanctions from those available to them and in accordance with their terms and conditions, to prevent continued copyright theft,” said the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in a ZDNet report.

Following the landmark copyright case between iiNet and AFACT last year that disproved the liability of copyright protection lying on the shoulders of ISPs, Australian telecoms have lowered their customer cautioning to simpler reasonable action against alleged infringers.

Exetel stopped blocking customer accounts linked to alleged infringement last year directly following the iiNet case.


While it once sent notices forwarded from groups like AFACT to its users and temporarily blocked their internet access, the policy changed to merely notifying users that their internet connection had been accused by a copyright holder as being used to illegally acquire material.

US ISPs have taken a step away from this Australian ruling with the latest agreement, though the voluntary agreement does not force ISPs into taking punitive action against their customers.

ISPs will not provide the identities of alleged infringing customers to the accusing copyright holders, but those accused will have to pay a $35 fee if they want an independent review to contest accusations.