US ISPs: Illegal Downloaders To Get Multiple Slaps On The Wrist And Sent To Bed Without Tea

If you’re in the US and you’ve been downloading films, music, etc illegally from the internet then your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may tell you off. And if you continue your illegal activity they may tell you off again. And again. And again.

So don’t do it!


This new Copyright Alert System (CAS) in the US sounds rather strange to me.

Here in the UK downloading copyrighted material will get you castrated, hung, drawn and quartered. But over the Atlantic it will just get you an alert, many times over.

A “six strike” warning system has come into place which will target potential copyright infringers who have been sharing illegally over peer-to-peer networks. If you are unfortunate enough to get caught by this system then you may have to be ‘educated’ via watching a video. You may also get told off.

But don’t worry, you can carry on downloading regardless because the ISP will have to alert you another 5 times before you get into real trouble and have your broadband speed throttled until you stop your nefarious activity. And if that worries you then fear not because there will be an independent review body so you can just contact them and say one of your kids done it, or the guys in the black van across the street hacked your router. And then everything will be ok again, the sun will shine, the birds will sing and you can download all those ‘distros’ overnight,¬†every¬†night.

Now, go wash behind your ears and go to bed like a good little boy. And remember –

– Piracy is BAD.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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