Started July 1.
Last summer major ISPs including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Cablevision signed off on a new plan by the RIAA and MPAA taking aim at copyright infringers on their networks. According to the plan, after four warnings ISPs are to begin taking “mitigation measures,” which range from throttling a user connection to filtering access to websites until users acknowledge receipt of “educational material.” As you might expect, that educational material’s chapter on fair use rights likely won’t exist.
The plan, as with most plans of this type, was hashed out privately with the government’s help — but with no consumer or independent expert insight. As a result groups like the EFF say the plan has massive problems, like relying on the IP address as proof of guilt, placing the burden of proof on the consumer, while forcing users to pay a $35 fee if they’d like to try and protest their innocence.
“Hashed out privately with the government’s help.” More and more our government has simply become a clearinghouse for business to do whatever it wants.