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July 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other media groups have disclosed that they have reached an agreement with the nation’s five largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to crack down on consumers whose accounts have been used to access pirated movies, TV shows and recordings. Under the plan, the ISPs, which include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon, will send notifications to the IP addresses of the offenders once they receive complaints from the film, TV, and recording organizations. (They will not forward the names and physical addresses of the alleged wrongdoers to any of the content owners.) Those downloading infringing content will receive up to a maximum of six alerts, and if they continue to download pirated material, the ISPs may then begin to restrict the speed of their Internet connections.