Yesterday, the country’s leading internet providers have agreed to track down and punish those who illegally download music and movies.
According to Gawker, companies will identify users who are suspected of digital copyright infringement and issue six warnings, each hinting at “progressively harsher consequences” if users continue to engage in illegal downloading.
Although companies have agreed to identify and “punish” users, internet providers claim the warnings will only be “educational.”
The New York Times reports:
The companies took pains to say that the agreement did not oblige Internet providers to shut down a repeat offender’s account, and that the system of alerts was meant to be “educational.” But they noted that carriers would retain their right to cut off any user who violated their terms of service.
Well, looks like it’s time to clean out your cache of “borrowed” music.