McAfee apparently is looking to expand beyond anti-virus packages and other security software into programs that can fight content piracy, Gareth Halfacree writes. The company has filed for a patent on technology that would keep users from downloading movies, music and software from file-sharing websites, as an extension of its SiteAdvisor system.
AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon Communications on Nov. 28 will start warning customers who appear to be illegally downloading copyrighted material. Alleged violators of the anti-piracy program established by the Center for Copyright Information will get six warnings before their Internet service might be slowed down, but service won't be terminated as a result, according to CCI.
Most of the major Internet service providers taking part in a voluntary anti-piracy effort will be launching their programs by July 1, RIAA CEO Cary Sherman said at an industry event. The "graduated response" effort calls for ISPs to notify alleged copyright violators one or two times to request they refrain from downloading content illegally. If a subscriber is found to be in violation again, he or she could be subjected to lower speeds or lose Web access, but will not be dropped by a service.
The Entertainment Software Association is being urged to drop its support of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, which is being pushed by Hollywood studios. Game developer Nathan Fouts is among those calling for the trade group to end its endorsement of the bill, writing, "This bill is bad for the internet and bad for the video game industry."
In a new twist in the movie industry's fight against piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America has filed its "first-ever" lawsuits against Internet companies that it alleges are facilitating the download of illegally copied films over the Usenet data network.