Some of United States premiere internet service providers are about to implement anti-piracy solutions after years of negotiations with media and entertainment agencies, allowing them to instigate new and strict punishments to customers who refuse to yield in using their subscriptions to acquire films, music and intellectual property illegally. A final agreement has yet to be created and approved before the proposed deal will be implemented.
Under the proposed plan, bandwidth providers will be monitoring their customers‚Äô usage and will issue written warnings (which will be referred to as ‚Äúcopyright alerts‚Äù) to subscribers who are caught downloading illegal contents through peer-to-peer sites. If the accused does not heed the warnings, the Internet Service Providers (ISP) could choose to send numerous follow-ups though the plan pushes for far more strict punishments.
ISPs who will participate in the program are given a number of choices that will aid them in responding to various copyright infringement cases. They may choose to limit the access to certain websites or prevent them from visiting illegal file sharing pages, yet disconnection of service is not recommended in the plan.
The plan has been considered as one of the most effective strategies against piracy. The network providers are then given the chance to act as copyright enforcers.
Here in the Philippines, the piracy issue is no longer different from the rest of the world. ISPs and government agencies are also challenged to address the same issues that affects the distribution of copyrighted contents though no formal plans has been formulated. Bandwidth capping may soon be a proposed solution to address our own piracy issues.