The Copyright Alert Program
The Copyright Alert Program was created as part of an industry agreement involving the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry of America Association (RIAA) and the nation's largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including AT&T. The program is a response to copyright infringement activities on peer-to-peer file sharing networks, and is an effort to educate consumers about the importance of obtaining digital content - like movies and music - legally.
The Copyright Alert Program is overseen by the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), which was funded jointly by content owners and ISP. CCI will also focus on broader efforts to educate the public about the importance of protecting copyright and encouraging the availability of lawfully content over the internet.
There are two basic elements of the Copyright Alert Program. Content owners identify copyrighted content that is being shared over Peer-to-Peer file sharing networks (such as Bit Torrent) and send AT&T a notice of alleged copyright infringement based on the IP Address of the user. AT&T then identifies the subscriber based on the IP Address and forwards a copyright alert to the subscriber advising them of the allegation and educating them about online copyright infringement. If AT&T receives additional notices for a particular subscriber account, the copyright alerts will escalate, culminating in measures that may impact the customer's high speed internet connection.
Whether such activity has been engaged in intentionally or by mistake, we will ask subscribers to stop the activity and ensure others using your network do the same. Importantly, if your home network is not protected or secured by a password or firewall, and unauthorized users are accessing your network, they may be the source of the problem. Your subscriber information is protected - AT&T will not provide your information to content owners unless required to do so by court order.