AT&T isn’t playing games when it comes to pirated copyrighted content. Fortune is reporting the company will be shutting down services to some customers they say have pirated copyrighted materials on their network. Starting soon, AT&T will remove more than a dozen customers from their services for violating copyright and stealing content, this according to Fortunes source Axios. Axios is citing people claiming to have knowledge of the company’s plan.
Fortune reached out to AT&T who says copyright owners reached out to the company to complain about the violations. AT&T identified the offenders and will proceed in removing them from the AT&T network.
“Content owners notified us when they believed they had evidence that an internet account was sharing copyrighted material unlawfully,” the spokesperson said. “Based on the notices we received, we identified the customer on the account and share with them the information we received. We also reached out to the customer to educate them about copyright infringement and offer assistance to help prevent the activity from continuing. A small number of customers who continue to receive additional copyright infringement notifications from content owners despite our efforts to educate them, will have their service discontinued.”
According to Fortune the company has had a policy in place in which customers who violate copyright are removed from their services.
In order to remove those customers, however, AT&T’s policy says the company must notify customers nine times before it can boot them from its service.
No word if the targeted customers will be notified prior to services being cut off. I suppose if the company has notified them nine times already, they’ve done their part. What we do know is AT&T doesn’t tolerate pirated copyrighted materials.
What do you think of AT&T’s position here? Do you think the users should get a warning? Or is the banhammer the right thing to do? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.