The fabled six-strikes system of punishing people who pirate copyrighted material on P2P networks is coming into reality over the next couple days. The first few offenses will result in scoldings and educational videos, while further offenses will see progressively longer periods where your bandwidth is choked to the point where piracy is impractical. ISPs included in the Center for Copyright Information include AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable
What Six Strikes won’t do, not yet anyway, is cause you to lose your access to the internet. We can presume that serial offenders will probably be subjected to longer and longer periods of reduced bandwidth as time goes on, and likely eventually there will be a termination point some dozens of warnings down the line. Verizon and Comcast both swear there’s no plans to cut you off, but we all know how that can change.
So the lesson of the day is: Don’t pirate movies, music, and TV shows unless you’re willing to risk the consequences. And on the side, the message for ISPs (who are typically cable providers) should be “affordable, small cable bundles are the wave of the future, and will surely reduce the money you spend on stopping pirates.”