AT&T to terminate its service for several customer over copyright violations

AT&T to Penalize Chronic Piracy Offenders by Terminating Service

AT&T to Penalize Chronic Piracy Offenders by Terminating Service

But it's unclear whether AT&T disconnected subscribers accused of piracy in the past, according to Axios, which first reported on AT&T's plans.

This appears to be one of the first times AT&T has enforced its piracy policy directly.

The years of inaction after the policy was enacted, lulled a lot of us into thinking that the telcos and cable companies had thought better of playing judge, jury and executioner for people's internet access, but as the years ticked by, the sector has become even more concentrated, and what was once unthinkable is now reality. AT&T then identified which customers were allegedly pirating content and is now moving to remove them from its network.

An AT&T spokesperson says the company only acts after receiving complaints by copyright owners.

Based on the notices we received, we identified the customer on the account and shared with them the information we received. Education and assistance was also provided to help them understand and ultimately stop infringing. For over a dozen AT&T customers, the tolerance limit has been reached and their service is about to be terminated. More than a dozen customers will reportedly be notified of the service banhammer in coming days. I suppose if the company has notified them nine times already, they've done their part.

AT&T is about to crackdown on repeat pirates and the result will leave some scrambling for a new provider.

What do you think of AT&T's position here? Clearly those warnings have been repeatedly ignored by this small group and they are about to get a rude awakening.