The day has finally come. According to some leaked training documents (obtained by TorrentFreak), AT&T is about to start sending anti-piracy notices with November 28. How and when will the ISP act is going to be revealed by this report.
As you can see in the image above, AT&T had already come up with a plan to apply the six-strikes system. In other words, users who make a habit out of visiting “rogue websites” will no longer be able to access them, that until they complete an online copyright course. The six-strikes system was the idea of the movie & music industries (MPAA & RIAA), and includes five important American internet providers – together they form the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).
Although no official statements were made regarding a launch date (or anything of importance), TorrentFreak managed to get their hands on some leaked training documents belonging to AT&T, thus providing with a first impression on what the provider is planning.
These documents inform AT&T’s employees about the upcoming changes, starting with the following overview:
“In an effort to assist content owners with combating on-line piracy, AT&T will be sending alert e-mails to customers who are identified as having been downloading copyrighted content without authorization from the copyright owner.”
“The reports are made by the content owners and are of IP-addresses that are associated with copyright infringing activities. AT&T will not share any personally identifiable information about its customers with content owners until authorized by the customer or required to do so by law.”
The document also specifies a launch date – November 28. According to a source close to the CCI, the remaining internet providers (Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon) are expected to join the cause the same day.
Furthermore, details on how will AT&T punish its users after a 5th and 6th strike are revealed. In that sense, repeated infringers that access certain websites (it’s still unclear what “rogue websites” mean) will be redirected to an educational page. They will also have to complete an “online educational tutorial on copyright”.
“After the fifth alert, the content owner may pursue legal action against the customer, and may seek a court order requiring AT&T to turn over personal information to assist the litigation,” AT&T explained.
While these measures are nothing like suspending an account or worse, ISPs are still to gather the IP addresses of those who receive notifications; then, the MPAA and the RIAA can use those IP addresses to further investigate the alleged pirate (obtain personal information through a subpoena).
Whether their efforts will prove to be worth all the trouble or not remains to be seen.