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U.S.-based Internet Service Providers are not only refusing to thwart repeat infringers, Verizon has offered one of the most-watered-down punitive programs yet.

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U.S.-based Internet Service Providers are not only refusing to thwart repeat infringers, Verizon has offered one of the most-watered-down punitive programs yet.

The following is an outline of penalties that Verizon broadband and FiOS subscribers will receive, according to a draft memo leaked to Torrentfreak. Verizon confirmed its contents, while other ISPs seem to be pursuing variations of the plan. 

The Verizon Copyright Alert Program includes, after Strikes 1-2, emails and voice mails alerting the user of copyright owner complaints with the legend, “Notify you that one or more copyright owners have reported that they believe your account has been involved in possible copyright infringement activity.

"Provide a link to information on how to check to see if file-sharing software is operating on your computer (and how to remove it) and tell you where to find information on obtaining content legally."

Strikes 3-4: User redirected to anti-infringement page, forced to watch pro-copyright video.

"Require you to click on an 'acknowledgement'’ button before you will be able to freely browse the internet.  Clicking the acknowledgement button does not require you to admit that you or anyone else actually engaged in any infringing activity, only that you have received the alert."

Strikes 5-6: User directed to same page and video, Internet speeds reduced to 256kbps for up to three days.

"Redirect your browser to a special web page, where you will be given several options.  You can:

(a) Agree to an immediate temporary (two- to three-day) reduction in the speed of your internet access service to 256kbps (a little faster than typical dial-up speed);

(b) Agree to the same temporary reduction (two- or three-day) in speed but delay for a period of 14 days;

(c) Ask for a review of the validity of your alerts by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). There is a $35 review fee (that you will get back if you win).  For subscribers that meet certain need-based eligibility criteria, the review fee will be waived by the AAA."
 
Strikes 7+: No additional punishments from Verizon, with possible, unconfirmed referral of IP address to the RIAA and MPAA.

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