ISP's to begin warning of illegal downloads
WASHINGTON - The nation's five biggest internet service providers will soon start sending out warnings to people illegally sharing or downloading music, movies or TV shows.
The new Copyright Alert System goes into effect this week. Created by the recording and film industry, it will go after people using peer-to-peer software to pirate entertainment.
The system starts with a complaint to the ISP, such as Verizon or AT&T. The company will then notify its customers their IP address has been detected illegally sharing files. People get up to six chances to stop the sharing before the provider take further measures such as throttling their connection.
Proponents of the system say the goal is to educate consumers, even though they don't think it will stop chronic violators.