US ISP Mediacom is carrying out an anti-piracy policy which sees the internet access of subscribers terminated permanently if they receive three Digital Millenium Copyright Act notifications from copyright-holders.
The ISP is shunning the controversial six-strikes anti-piracy scheme set to start in the US later this year, in favour of its own, stricter policy, which includes cracking down on those who are accused of sharing files.
After the first DMCA notice the account is flagged and the subscriber receives a letter informing him or her about the alleged violation.
The second DMCA notice results in an account suspension. Internet access can only be reinstated if the subscriber fills out some paperwork.
After the third DMCA notice customers are permanently disconnected and banned for life. In the upcoming six-strikes anti-piracy scheme, permanent disconnections are a no-go.
Mediacom does give subscribers the chance to dispute allegations of copyright infringement.
Their site explains: “Once this [counter notification] paperwork is returned, Mediacom turns it over to the copyright holder, who pursues action as they choose. This may include legal action such as lawsuits between the copyright holder and the customer,”