AT&T Is Discontinuing Service for Some Customers Following Piracy Allegations

AT&T to Penalize Chronic Piracy Offenders by Terminating Service

AT&T to Penalize Chronic Piracy Offenders by Terminating Service

As The Verge confirms, AT&T's policies state that at least nine warnings are sent to each customer informing them they risk having their service canceled. Axios is citing people claiming to have knowledge of the company's plan. AT&T identified the offenders and will proceed in removing them from the AT&T network.

Content owners notified us when they believed they had evidence that an internet account was sharing copyrighted material unlawfully. The policy is then to identify the customers and contact them regarding the copyright infringement.

After its purchase of Time Warner for $85 billion and the release of its piracy policy, AT&T is taking steps to punish customers who are illegally pirating copyrighted content. "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". For over a dozen AT&T customers, the tolerance limit has been reached and their service is about to be terminated. Cut them into pieces so small they can no longer lobby to ban municipal broadband, so small they can't spy on whole populations, so small that they can't afford to disconnect their customers on behalf of unaccountable, unnamed rightsholders who face no penalty for false accusations or sloppy bookkeeping. I suppose if the company has notified them nine times already, they've done their part.

If you're an AT&T pirate, it will take a lot to get cut off though.

What do you think of AT&T's position here? Or is the banhammer the right thing to do?

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