July 1st, 2012 will mark the first day that major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are planned to implement the new six strikes copyright infringement policy. The program, created by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) also created SOPA. Every internet user must know what this means for them.
Every time a copyright holder finds that their content is being downloaded illegally, they contact the participating ISPs. The first thing the ISP will do if a user is downloading anything that violates copyright infringement is send the user a warning via email. If a user continues to violate copyright infringement subsequent to this warning, the user will receive four written notices, which the ISP could act upon by cutting the users bandwidth (making a users internet run slower) or completely removing the user from their service.
If alleged copyright infringement persists, the user may face a lawsuit by the corporation/copyright holder.
This agreement was established between the Entertainment and ISP industry. The individuals who this directly affects, the actual internet users, were not part of this decision. Because internet users were not part of these negotiations, the allegations against them are not in their favor.
The current large ISPs who will be participating in this agreement:
AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon.