With the entertainment industry's oft-delayed "six strikes" anti-piracy plan finally very close to launch, some ISPs have been willing to talk a little
about the new steps they'll be taking to thwart pirates on their networks. Time Warner Cable gave us the details on their plan last November
, including on-screen click-through warnings and the pushing of "educational" anti-piracy materials. Verizon offered less detail, telling us six strikes wouldn't apply to LTE
, but would involve throttling FiOS and DSL subscribers.
Verizon however had refused to get specific about the plan, though trying to hide those details hasn't worked out. With the plan just weeks away, Torrent Freak
managed to find a copy
of Verizon's plan on their website. Like Time Warner Cable, Verizon will display a click-through warning on repeat offenders' screens and require they acknowledge the receipt of entertainment industry materials.
Unlike Time Warner Cable, Verizon will be throttling repeat offenders back to 256 kbps after the fourth and fifth alerts. From the plan's description of what happens after your fifth warning:
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."
To challenge the accusation you need to pay $35, the assumption of guilt and the requirement to pay a fee to contest accusations being only a few of the problems with the plan
. As with other ISPs, nothing happens to users after the sixth strike
, and most savvy pirates will have started using VPNs or BitTorrent proxy services some time ago. As a result these plans are much more about scaring most
users away from piracy, as opposed to accomplishing the impossible task of trying to completely stop piracy on ISP networks.