We know, because you’ve told us, that a number of you prefer to get your movies and premium TV via less-than-legal internet sources. We’re not going to judge you for that, but you may soon begin seeing notices from the new Copyright Alert System to let you know that they are aware of your dirty downloads and would you kindly stop.
The Alert System is the latest concord between ISPs and the entertainment industry. Among those participating are AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon. It seeks to unify the ways the various ISPs have notified customers about suspicious behavior into one standardized system.
Going forward, users will get a notice if they are suspected of illegal downloading. If they ignore that message, the ISP might resort to pop-ups or redirecting to special Web sites that display the alert. If those too are ignored, the ISP will turn to “mitigation measures,” which could include throttling or permanent re-direction to a warning landing page until contact is established.
If you believe you’re in the right, for $35 you can request an independent review before it gets to the mitigation measures stage.