CNET news is reporting that starting this July all major US Internet service providers will start tracking and monitoring their user’s bittorrent downloads as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all the major ISPs.
Last July, Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other service providers announced that they had agreed to adopt policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software.
Quiet about what the measures include
Since then, the ISPs have been very quiet about what these measures included.
During a recent panel discussion before a gathering of U.S. publishers in February 2012, Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said most of the participating ISPs are on track to begin implementing the program by July 1st.
Quoted from RIAA.com, “Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system,” Sherman said.
They need this “for establishing the database so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice. Every ISP has to do it differently depending on the architecture of its particular network. Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion.”
At that time, the accused customers will also be informed of the risks they incur if they don’t stop pirating material. If the customer is flagged for illegal downloading again, the ISP can then ratchet up the pressure.
Participating ISPs can choose from a list of penalties, or what the RIAA calls “mitigation measures,” which include throttling down the customer’s connection speed and suspending Web access until the subscriber agrees to stop pirating.