Internet providers set to crack down on illegal file-sharing

Under the new copyright alert system, Internet service providers (ISPs) will send a series of alerts to subscribers whose accounts may have been used to illegally distribute music, movies or other entertainment content via file-sharing. If the subscriber does not respond to the first set of alerts, which will include educational material on protecting copyrights and the consequences of illegal file-sharing, the Internet service provider may temporarily slow down their Internet speeds, direct them to an online tutorial when they try to access popular websites or implement other penalties–called “mitigation measures.”

Internet service providers are preparing to implement their alert systems in November, according to someone familiar with CCI’s thinking, and they will vary slightly from company to company. It was expected to rollout earlier this year but Lesser said it’s taken some additional time for Internet providers to fit the alert systems within their infrastructure.