Starting this week, Comcast and Verizon will begin their piracy prevention initiative by instituting a 6 strikes policy. Users who download copyrighted content will be red flagged at first, which means that violators will get emails from their ISP regarding their activity.
The emails will detail exactly why the activity was red flagged, and will provide information on how to get copyrighted content legally. If users persist in committing copyright violations, a mandatory online course on copyright infringement may have to be completed before web surfing can resume. And if that’s not enough of a deterrent, internet speed will be slowed to a crawl (think the dial up speeds of yesteryear) for a few days, or an arbitrator may be called on to review the case at the consumer’s expense.
To be clear, internet providers will not be denying service to anybody, even to repeat copyright violators. However, repeat offenders are placing themselves at risk for potential lawsuits by the recording and motion picture industry, which should hopefully discourage content theft.