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Verizon Bandwidth Throttling Revealed, Six Strike Policy Will Go After Piracy

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Verizon has debuted its new “six-strikes” anti-piracy policy. Under the company’s new anti-piracy rules, customers will have their bandwidth throttled after they have been caught downloading illegal materials six times. After each infraction, Verizon customers will also be shown an anti-piracy video. After several infractions, Verizon will also turn over the users IP address to the MPAA and RIAA, at which time legal action can be taken.

Upon first and second strikes, customers will receive e-mail and voicemail warnings which explain their infringement and how to check for and remove file sharing software from the users computer.

Third and fourth piracy violations will take customers to a web page that will play a “short video about copyright law and the consequences of copyright infringement.” Before a customer can begin to use their connection again, they must press a video acknowledgement button.

Fifth and sixth piracy notifications will take users to a new website where three options will be offered. The first option will force customers to accept a 2 to 3-day data reduction policy, at which time their connection speed will be throttled to 256kbps. The second option will reduce speeds by 14 days, and the third option will allow customers to pay a $35 fee for their alerts to be reviewed by the American Arbitration Association.

While still unclear, it is believed that after the sixth strike Verizon will automatically begin sending a users IP address to the RIAA and MPAA without further warnings being sent to the customer.

Verizon will apply the six strikes rules to both personal and business account holders.

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4 Responses to “Verizon Bandwidth Throttling Revealed, Six Strike Policy Will Go After Piracy”

  1. James Donahue

    I do believe that there are better ways to combat piracy: by going after users who pirate the materials themselves and UPLOADING the material without the author's permission. Therefore, if it can't be illegally uploaded, it can't be illegally downloaded.

  2. Michael Prymula

    This is a bunch of nonsense, 2-3 days of slow internet won't be enough to deter people from pirating, and this only covers torrent sites, cyberlockers cannot be monitored, so if this policy ever gets implemented(which I doubt), it won't be very effective in reducing piracy at all. it will have the exact opposite effect, and I'm sure people will find ways to get around MarkMonitor.

  3. John Gahris

    this is an example of the "Police, judge, jury, and executioner" system. These organizations are not authorized to do this. It's blatantly unconstitutional, particularly involving right to a trial by a jury of peers, and is begging for an enormous supreme court case. In a nutshell: I'm not concerned. Until then, there are workarounds. Plenty. Pirates tend to find ways.

  4. Debra Winchell

    Oh my! I must be a criminal for downloading cute cat photos, and photos willingly SHARED with me by my friends. I wonder, is Verizon VIOLATING federal copyright law by ignoring the provision of ONE COPY FOR PERSONAL USE. When Verizon FINALLY RESTORES MY PHONE ( thanks striking workers) I will contact them and apply. I really am a dastardly criminal, aren't I? Yes, MONTHS of very slow connection will get to you. If I can find another carrier I can afford, I will leave Verizon. There aren't very many in my area, probably by design.