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AT&T will cut off service for a dozen customers over piracy violations

While your service won't likely be shut off, this action could be AT&T's first step to stop copyright infringers.

Published onNovember 7, 2018

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  • AT&T is starting to take copyright infringement seriously.
  • The mobile carrier and ISP will be terminating a dozen user’s service over the next week.
  • Following the purchase of Time Warner, this could be AT&T’s first step towards removing customers who violate the company’s piracy policy.

After its purchase of Time Warner for $85 billion and the release of its piracy policy, AT&T is taking steps to punish customers who are illegally pirating copyrighted content. According to a report from Axios, the mobile carrier and internet service provider (ISP) is terminating a dozen or so customer’s service in the next week.

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. And while it isn’t an unprecedented move, it’s unclear if AT&T is only cutting off service for users who have stolen content owned by the company.

At least for now, it’s likely that you won’t have AT&T notifying you that it’s cutting off your service. AT&T states that those who will soon have terminated accounts are users who have been notified by the company at least nine separate times of copyright infringement:

Based on the notices we received, we identified the customer on the account and shared with them the information we received. We also reached out to the customer to educate them about copyright infringement and offer assistance to help prevent the activity from continuing. A small number of customers who continue to receive additional copyright infringement notifications from content owners despite our efforts to educate them, will have their service discontinued.
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What’s also yet to be seen is if AT&T will take larger and more wide-spread action against online piracy that it owns. Only time will tell.

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