AT&T Is Discontinuing Service for Some Customers Following Piracy Allegations

Donna Miller
November 9, 2018

This will be the first time AT&T is disconnecting customers over repeated piracy under its own piracy policies, but apparently each pirate received at least nine warnings their service faced being canceled. It would represent the first time AT&T banned customers from its service over piracy, according to the report.

AT&T isn't playing games when it comes to pirated copyrighted content. Dish, on the other hand, had claimed that AT&T was dragging its feet over an agreement in order to poach the company's pay TV customers for its own DirecTV competitor.

Fortune reached out to AT&T who says copyright owners reached out to the company to complain about the violations.

Apparently, the United States telecoms company has plans to inform a dozen people who've infringed upon the copyrights of protected content that they will be kicked off of its broadband service.

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"Content owners notified us when they believed they had evidence that an internet account was sharing copyrighted material unlawfully", the spokesperson said. The policy is then to identify the customers and contact them regarding the copyright infringement. Education and assistance was also provided to help them understand and ultimately stop infringing. I suppose if the company has notified them nine times already, they've done their part.

If you're an AT&T pirate, it will take a lot to get cut off though.

What do you think of AT&T's position here?

That initiative, which ended previous year, involved sending a series of warnings to users who allegedly shared copyrighted files via peer-to-peer networks. Or is the banhammer the right thing to do?

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