AT&T is cracking down on customers that might have pirated copyrighted content, according to a new report.
AT&T says it initially responded to evidence provided by content owners, which could be any of the major content producers including TV, movie, or music rights groups. The service provider issues alerts to customers caught in the act of piracy, and those alerts will soon matter if a report from Axios is correct. AT&T identified the offenders and will proceed in removing them from the AT&T network.
Apparently, the USA telecoms company has plans to inform a dozen people who've infringed upon the copyrights of protected content that they will be kicked off of its broadband service. "Based on the notices we received, we identified the customer on the account and share with them the information we received. 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". We also reached out to the customer to educate them about copyright infringement and offer assistance to help prevent the activity from continuing.
At least for now, it's likely that you won't have AT&T notifying you that it's cutting off your service.
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. I suppose if the company has notified them nine times already, they've done their part. Users who use big amounts of bandwidth dedicated to piracy will be mostly targeted, and they will have to ignore around nine warnings.