Verizon to Take Part in Strike Policy VS Illegal Downloaders

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Mobile service and internet giant Verizon will participate in a strike system used to put pressure on illegal online downloaders, a BBC report noted on Friday.

The company will contact those accused via email and voice mail. If they fail to comply, customer internet speeds could be slowed down. After that, users trying to surf online will instead be redirected to what the BBC said was a landing site.

Verizon isn’t the only carrier to participate in such a system. Other provides include Cablevision, AT&T and Comcast.

The initiative was reportedly detailed during the Internet Society’s recent panel discussion in New York.

Critics, meanwhile, have scrutinized the idea of a strike system. “Big media companies are launching a massive peer-to-peer surveillance scheme to snoop on subscribers. Based on the results of that snooping, ISPs will be serving as Hollywood’s private enforcement arm, without the checks and balances publicenforcement requires. Once a subscriber is accused, she must prove her innocence, without many of the legal defenses she’d have in a courtroom,” stated a post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Earlier this year in September, a report from speculated the system would be in place by 2012’s end.