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Verizon may be moving forward on policing copyright

CNET reports that Verizon is getting ready to inform customers of their copyright infringements. The move comes amid ongoing closed-door trade talks among multiple nations--including the United States, Canada and Japan, as well as European Union members--on an anti-counterfeiting plan that would also set rules for enforcing copyright rules online.

As previously reported here, one portion of the agreement being crafted by the groups would make Internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint Nextel responsible when users illegally trade and download copyrighted material. The CNET report that Verizon is testing a service to inform customers of violations points to a step toward this new regime.

In an interview Thursday, University of Ottawa Internet law professor Michael Geist described a possible "three strikes" policy that could lead an ISP to shut down service to a household if someone in that home violates copyright laws three times.

Ars Technica has a good explainer post from last week that says things may not be that dramatic. Here's a copy of a leaked document that outlines the chapter on Internet copyright.

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 13, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T , Comcast , Verizon , copyright  | Tags: ACTA, at&t, comcast, michael geist, online copyright, trade talks, treaty, verizon  
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So Verizon becomes the enforcer for porn producers, and anyone accessing google to read news, or watch Susan Boyle on youtube will be in violation of copyright rules and must be removed from the internet.

I especially like the part where the major isps become henchman of pornographers. That will play well.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | November 14, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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