AT&T will cut off service for a dozen customers over piracy violations

AT&T to Penalize Chronic Piracy Offenders by Terminating Service

NewsAT&T to Penalize Chronic Piracy Offenders by Terminating Service Adam AldersonNo commentposted on Nov. 07 2018 at 11:00

"A small number of customers who continue to receive additional copyright infringement notifications from content owners despite our efforts to educate them, will have their service discontinued".

While ISPs have long reported pirating claims to customers, this is the first known time that AT&T is actually taking action against its customers. The service provider issues alerts to customers caught in the act of piracy, and those alerts will soon matter if a report from Axios is correct.

The years of inaction after the policy was enacted, lulled a lot of us into thinking that the telcos and cable companies had thought better of playing judge, jury and executioner for people's internet access, but as the years ticked by, the sector has become even more concentrated, and what was once unthinkable is now reality.

Fortune reached out to AT&T who says copyright owners reached out to the company to complain about the violations. Assuming the services are terminated, this would mark the first time AT&T has cut off customers accused of chronic piracy.

Apparently, the U.S. telecoms company has plans to inform a dozen people who've infringed upon the copyrights of protected content that they will be kicked off of its broadband service. The policy is then to identify the customers and contact them regarding the copyright infringement.

At least for now, it's likely that you won't have AT&T notifying you that it's cutting off your service. I suppose if the company has notified them nine times already, they've done their part. Clearly those warnings have been repeatedly ignored by this small group and they are about to get a rude awakening. Or is the banhammer the right thing to do?

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