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ISPs to Crackdown on Music, Movie Pirates


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A group of prominent Internet service providers, including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, announced Thursday that they would seek a more active role to protect copyright owners--a.k.a. the entertainment industry--from online piracy.

ISPs will now send "Copyright Alerts" to internet subscribers when their connection is allegedly being used for content theft. If a single subscriber receives multiple alerts without responding, ISPs may limit the user's connection speed or block them from accessing the web altogether.

These notifications aren't new, but the ISP responses are. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, which represents ISPs, said in a release that online content theft costs hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of lost earnings in the United States every year.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/235253/copyright_cops_team_with_isps_to_crackdown_on_music_movie_pirates.html#tk.rss_news

I wonder if this could be the reason in the last couple of days, a lot of the proxies I'm using aren't working anymore.

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