Verizon’s ‘six-strikes’ anti-piracy program is coming in a few weeks, here are the details


Remember that controversial six-strikes anti-piracy thing we talked about? And how that got delayed to 2013? Well, it’s 2013 now and the program is just a couple of weeks away from officially kicking off. None of the participating ISPs have detailed their measures, but TorrentFreak was able to obtain Verizon’s full policy.


It looks out Verizon plans on doling out its alerts in pairs. When a Verizon customer is caught downloading copyrighted material on BitTorrent, the account holder will receive two notifications. The first of which informs the account holder of alleged copyright infringements, and the second informs them how can remove file-sharing software from their computer.

Alert 1 and 2

“Are delivered by email and automatic voicemail to the telephone number we have on file for you. Notify you that one or more copyright owners have reported that they believe your account has been involved in possible copyright infringement activity.”

“Provide a link to information on how to check to see if file sharing software is operating on your computer (and how to remove it) and tell you where to find information on obtaining content legally.”

If more infringements are found after the first two alerts, two more notifications will follow in the form of pop-ups. The first makes you watch a video about the consequences of online piracy, and the second asks you to acknowledge that you’ve received the alert.

Alert 3 and 4

“Redirect your browser to a special web page where you can review and acknowledge receiving the alerts. Provide a short video about copyright law and the consequences of copyright infringement.”

“Require you to click on an “acknowledgement” button before you will be able to freely browse the Internet. Clicking the acknowledgement button does not require you to admit that you or anyone else actually engaged in any infringing activity, only that you have received the alert.”

If there are infringements found after this third and fourth alert, the account holder enters the mitigation phase of the six-strikes program. The account holder can choose between an immediate or delayed temporary speed reduction to 256kbps that lasts to 2 to 3 days, or ask for a review by the American Arbitration Association.

Alert 5 and 6

“Redirect your browser to a special web page where you will be given several options. You can: Agree to an immediate temporary (2 or 3 day) reduction in the speed of your Internet access service to 256kbps (a little faster than typical dial-up speed); Agree to the same temporary (2 or 3 day) speed reduction but delay it for a period of 14 days; or Ask for a review of the validity of your alerts by the American Arbitration Association.”

If there are infringements after the 6th and final alert, “nothing” will happen. Nothing in quotes because while not mentioned by Verizon, the MPAA and RIAA may obtain the IP addresses of these repeat infringers and take legal action against them. The ISP provider will not voluntarily share the name and address linked to the IP, but a subpoena can be used to demand this information.

These measures will also apply to business customers of Verizon. TorrentFreak notes that small businesses will become wary of who they allow onto their networks, potentially leading to an end to free WiFi in some places.

After all that, I have to admit, it does sound pretty fair. At least it’s not the one-strike program, am I right?

What do you think of Verizon’s anti-piracy measures? Are they fair enough? Comment below!

[via TorrentFreak]

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  • So, is this six-strikes bull only targeting content shared via torrents?

    What about online file hosts or content from YouTube? If both torrents and the latter, than this is horrifyingly irrational. If just torrents, then I guess some of us can breathe easier

  • mike

    why would anybody torrent without a vpn (and other security procedures)?

  • I wonder how many will get notices just because they torrent LEGAL content. Yes, I know that most of it is not.

  • jayesstee

    It seems a bit arbitary, surely Verizon have a duty to see if the evidence holds water (stands scrutiny). The idea that they take an “interested party’s” say so, with out checking seems un-American to me (a Brit).
    Hover, If you don’t agree with their policy, vote with your feet and give Verizon the “V – sign”.

  • Frank D

    We’re well along on the road to Orwell’s “1984”.

  • floydwil

    This is a beginning down the road to censorship. I agree that copyright material needs to be represented just not this way. This is the first step towards a non free open internet. The next thing will be, you downloaded to much porn, it is not good for you or the community at large here is your warning. You see if you open the door to this then many more will follow. It is a form of control on what you can have access too, albeit illegal software. Software if it is good will earn its place in the market. I strongly urge a ban on this type of censorship.