Pirating music and movies? Your Internet provider might tell you to stop.
Wireless carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision have joined with entertainment leaders like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America to help curb pirating through a warning system that will give a customer six strikes before implementing measures like slowing Internet speeds.
Called “Copyright Alerts,” users suspected of uploading or downloading pirated content will get up to six alerts in the form of emails or pop-up messages. Telecom companies won’t shut down the Internet or turn over names to the entertainment companies, but could take “mitigation measures” that might include slowing web speeds, redirecting the users to a landing page until they contact the ISP to talk it over, and more.