AT&T shutting down services to customers who have pirated copyrighted content

AT&T may soon ban repeat piracy offenders from its Internet service

As The Verge confirms, AT&T's policies state that at least nine warnings are sent to each customer informing them they risk having their service canceled.

At least for now, it's likely that you won't have AT&T notifying you that it's cutting off your service.

While ISPs have long reported pirating claims to customers, this is the first known time that AT&T is actually taking action against its customers. AT&T will cut off broadband connections if customers ignore "repeated efforts to "educate" them about the perils of copyright infringement".

"Content owners notified us when they believed they had evidence that an internet account was sharing copyrighted material unlawfully", Jim Greer, an AT&T spokesperson, said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. These notices will be issued within the next week, according to the report, which points out that AT&T purchased Time Warner earlier this year, the result being the ownership of its own content network called WarnerMedia.

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The news comes only days after Dish Network was hit with an HBO blackout, the first time that has ever happened to the network.

AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner back in June, although that may not be the end of the matter.

HBO had accused Dish of being too hard to negotiate with, allegedly pushing "unreasonable terms" at the company.

The years of inaction after the policy was enacted, lulled a lot of us into thinking that the telcos and cable companies had thought better of playing judge, jury and executioner for people's internet access, but as the years ticked by, the sector has become even more concentrated, and what was once unthinkable is now reality.

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