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AT&T to Target Pirated Content
First U.S. ISP to try to plug the piracy dam...
by Karl Bode 09:13AM Wednesday Jun 13 2007 Tipped by Mactron See Profile
The Los Angeles Times says that AT&T has joined forces with the MPAA and RIAA to develop anti-piracy technology aimed at seeking out copyright infringement on its network. "As AT&T has begun selling pay-television services, the company has realized that its interests are more closely aligned with Hollywood," says AT&T's James Cicconi to the Times.

The article is vague on specifics because the technology hasn't been designed or implemented yet. AT&T insists that once a technology is chosen, they'll make sure it does not "violate privacy laws or Internet freedoms espoused by the Federal Communications Commission."

Groups like the EFF are wary. "AT&T is going to act like the copyright police, and that is going to make customers angry," says Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn. "The good news for AT&T is that there's so little competition that where else are the customers going to go?"


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russotto

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Finish the sentence, T!

"As AT&T has begun selling pay-television services, the company has realized that its interests are more closely aligned with Hollywood"....

..."than with its customers".