Australian ISPs may send copyright violation notices

A group from the Australian federal government, copyright holders and Internet Service Providers have proposed sending "educational" notices to stop people from downloading pirated content.

Sydney - The Communications Alliance and five large Australian internet service providers (ISPs) have today taken the wraps off a proposed process to stop people from downloading pirated content using their services.

The proposal comes from discussions held throughout the year between ISPs, the federal government and rights holders in the movie, music, software, gaming and publishing industries. Telstra BigPond, Optus, iiNet, iPrimus, Internode, AAPT, Ericsson and the Internet Industry Association (IIA) were involved with the Communications Alliance on the development of the scheme.

The proposed process involves sending "education" and warning notices to customers whose accounts have been undertaking activity that might infringe copyright. The scheme wouldn't terminate internet accounts, and allows customers to appeal notices, if they think there is no illegal activity happening on the account.

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