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Here's how/why Comcast and others can shut down bit torrent pirates
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Thad Floryan
2014-05-29 06:02:09 UTC
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This URL appeared in the comp.dcom.telecom group today which
indicates Comcast can definitely throttle the internet for
any/all violators as can other ISPs:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/isps-sent-1-3m-copyright-infringement-notices-to-us-customers-last-year/
Thad Floryan
2014-05-29 06:03:03 UTC
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Post by Thad Floryan
This URL appeared in the comp.dcom.telecom group today which
indicates Comcast can definitely throttle the internet for
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/isps-sent-1-3m-copyright-infringement-notices-to-us-customers-last-year/
The nation's top Internet service providers sent more than 1.3 million
infringement notices to alleged copyright scofflaws last year, according
to a study released Wednesday.

The system works by matching IP addresses to account holders, and the
notices were sent by just five ISPs participating in the so-called
"copyright alert system" (CAS) that commenced in February 2013, a US
program strongly backed by the Obama administration and run by the newly
created Center for Copyright Information. Those ISPs are AT&T,
Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon.

Subscribers can get two notices for "educational" purposes that their
accounts have been used to commit infringement. Upon a third and fourth
notice, the subscriber must respond and acknowledge it. On the fifth and
sixth notices, consumers may have their speeds throttled.

The program is expected to expand dramatically, too. According to the
report by the Center for Copyright Infringement, "the program is slated
to at least double the number of notices sent and processed in size in
the coming year." The report (PDF) said there were 722,820 one-time
"alerts" or notices to customers, 214,654 second alerts, 165,065
third-time alerts, 94,599 four-time alerts, 60,477 five-time alerts, and
37,456 six-time alerts.

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