Monday, 10 December, 2018

AT&T shutting down services to customers who have pirated copyrighted content

AT&T may soon ban repeat piracy offenders from its Internet service AT&T will cut off service for a dozen customers over piracy violations
Katie Ramirez | 10 November, 2018, 10:20

The internet they are losing is likely the only option they have for broadband - or one of two options, with the other one likely being a cable company like Comcast who may now join AT&T in a race to the bottom. According to a report from Axios, the mobile carrier and internet service provider (ISP) is terminating a dozen or so customer's service in the next week. AT&T then identified which customers were allegedly pirating content and is now moving to remove them from its network.

These customers who are violating the company's policies have received warnings before and AT&T could soon cancel their service as the company's new policies state.

"Content owners notified us when they believed they had evidence that an internet account was sharing copyrighted material unlawfully", the spokesperson said.

Based on the notices we received, we identified the customer on the account and shared with them the information we received. "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". Education and assistance was also provided to help them understand and ultimately stop infringing.

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AT&T has now begun to disconnect customers accused of infringement - that is, accused of watching TV or listening to music in ways that are suboptimal for media companies' shareholders. I suppose if the company has notified them nine times already, they've done their part.

What do you think of AT&T's position here?

That initiative, which ended a year ago, involved sending a series of warnings to users who allegedly shared copyrighted files via peer-to-peer networks. Or is the banhammer the right thing to do?

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