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Internet service providers stepping up protection against piracy

Although companies across the state of Texas-and the rest of the world for that matter-are generally thrilled that society is pushing more into a digital world, it's important to point out that an all digital world does have its drawbacks. More specifically companies are battling the increasing problem of piracy now more so than they did a decade ago.

As the internet continues to grow, so too does the demand for free information. But at what point does this access to free information cross into the territory of piracy? At what point do users need to worry about violating copyright law that can land them in some serious legal problems?

These questions will soon be answered after internet service providers announced last month that they would be fighting back against piracy with the help of copyright protection software. According to the five participating ISPs-Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner-the launch of their new Copyright Alert System will not only trace illegal downloads to an offender's IP address but will warn them that their actions could end in the form of a lawsuit.

Although this new software has been praised by millions across the globe, there are still some concerns about privacy that could cause some legal backlash if existing laws are not updated to accommodate these technological advances. In all, experts say that the efforts of the ISPs could be a step in the right direction towards reigning in the ever growing beast that is the internet, helping companies to staunch the financial loss piracy causes.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "Internet Providers Launch Copyright Alert System," Eriq Gardner, Feb. 25, 2013

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