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Internet Providers Take on Cyber Pirates

Posted at: 10/10/2012 10:17 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 7:51 AM
By: Jay Kolls

Internet providers are going after cyber pirates, and they can track, store, and pass along your computer information to the government. It's all part of the Stop Online Pirate Act, or SOPA.

Internet providers are now going to use the same high-tech power used by law enforcement to track on-line predators to find on-line pirates. They are targeting people who illegally download movies, music and television shows.

The penalties and fines, if you get caught, can be stiff and steep. You will get four warnings from your internet provider. Then, on your fifth offense, your internet provider can slow your service down or unplug it entirely. The provider can also, at that point, turn over all your computer information that it has stored over to the government. If you are found guilty of copyright infringement, your penalties can be as high as 150-thousand dollars.

Computer experts say there is a flaw to all of this, because internet pirates know a lot of the tricks. There are internet services you can buy for seven dollars a month. The pirated information is tracked to those companies, instead of your computer, and most of them are located offshore. And, for the most part, those offshore companies do not have to answer to U.S. authorities.