http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3ic48b7a3a3eb3111d88fee45b0bf0558c AT&T, Comcast Onboard With RIAA Anti-Piracy Program March 25, 2009 - Digital and Mobile By Antony Bruno, Denver Internet service providers AT&T and Comcast have confirmed their participation in an RIAA program designed to send account deactivation warning notices to subscribers suspected of uploading music to unauthorized P2P networks. AT&T senior executive VP of external and legislative affairs Jim Cicconi and Comcast senior VP of external affairs and public policy Joe Waz discussed their involvement in the "graduated response" strategy during their appearance at the Leadership Music Digital Summit in Nashville. They defined the partnership as a "trial" designed to test reaction from customers, but offered no timeline for its completion. The RIAA late last year said it would end its litigation campaign against individual file-sharing users in favor of a new strategy that enlists ISPs to police their networks. Under the plan, the RIAA would provide the ISPs with the IP addresses of users suspected of uploading music to unauthorized P2P networks, and the ISP would then send those users a notice informing them their account could be deactivated unless they stop. At the time the RIAA said it was working with several ISPs on the plan, but declined to name them. AT&T and Comcast are not the first to detail their involvement. Last October, Cox Communications began sending similar notifications, warning users it may "temporarily disable" the accounts of users found to have shared copyrighted files. ---------- is this like getting caught speeding on the internet? at this point my hatred for the RIAA and their money grubbing artist screwing monkey clown old man can't use a keyboard ways, DO YOUR OWN LEGWORK! to have my provider give a group NOT EVEN OF GOVERNMENT STATUS information that may or may not be correct infuriates me. so, tonight i call direct tv, schedule to switch back. not sure what i can do about internet providers as i think they'll all cave on this, does anyone know if time warner has told 'em to bugger off? is this even legal for an organization to do this? trick, very interested in your viewpoint.