Implementing its own piracy policies for the very first time, AT&T is preparing to disconnect “more than a dozen” customers because of repeated copyright infringement.
The company says it initially responded to evidence provided by content owners, which could be any of the major content producers including TV, movie, or music rights groups.
Their policy is then to identify the customers and contact them regarding the copyright infringement.
Education and assistance were also provided to help them understand and ultimately stop infringing.
From that group, a small number continued to infringe. AT&T’s policies state that at least nine warnings are sent to each customer informing them they risk having their service canceled.
Clearly those warnings have been repeatedly ignored by this small group and they are about to get a rude awakening.
AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner back in June, although that may not be the end of the matter.
Is it just coincidence that these account terminations are happening now that AT&T owns a major content network?
That seems likely if at least nine warnings have been issued to each customer.
However, it does show that the ISP and content owner being the same entity could streamline the identify-warn-terminate process in the future.