Over the years, the RIAA and other similar organizations have received a black eye due to their heavy handed attempts to curb Internet piracy. We’ve seen some legal cases being brought forward against the average customer with penalties that have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Now, the RIAA is looking to take a new approach to this issue. In a few weeks from now, the Center For Copyright Information’s (CCI) anti-piracy policy will begin within the United States. This policy has the backing of several major players including the RIAA, MPAA and Verizon. Once the new policy goes into effect and a Verizon customer violates it, they will find that their Internet speeds will be throttled. Essentially, Verizon will work through a system of escalating penalties. The first two violations of a customer will be met with an email notification advising the customer that they need to stop their activities that led to the notification. If the problem continues, Verizon will then deliver a popup to the user which they must read and acknowledge to verify that they are aware that they have violated the terms of service for their account. Finally, if the customers continues in their ways after this popup, they will find that their Internet speeds will be throttled for 48-72 hours after which their network speeds will be restored. Essentially, the CCI wants these escalating punishments to be a means of educating users against piracy.