@RawStory Reports: American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 12

VIA @RawStory: “If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.

Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 12.

That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.”

[LINK] Click here to read this story.

Raw Story references an @CNET story titled: RIAA chief: ISPs to start policing copyright by July 12.

According to CNET: Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and among a number of ISP’s expected to “adopt policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software.”

The RIAA and MPAA have frequently lobbied for bills such as SOPA and Protect IP, both of which were met with massive resistance by online communities, such as Wikipedia and Reddit.

Measures taken by ISPs may include “throttling down the customer’s connection speed and suspending Web access until the subscriber agrees to stop pirating.”

[LINK] Click here to read this story.

Anonymous is currently in the middle of a month long protest known as Black March encouraging average citizens to withdraw money from the MPAA and RIAA for insisting upon legislation that threatens online freedom of expression. Participants are asked to refrain from going to the movies, buying dvds or music online.

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