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Internet piracy alerts to start

WASHINGTON — Internet users who illegally share music, movies, or television shows online could soon receive warning notices from the nation’s five major Internet service providers.

The Copyright Alert System, organized by the recording and film industry, is being activated this week to target consumers using peer-to-peer software.

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Under the new system, complaints will prompt an Internet service provider — such as Verizon or AT&T — to notify a customer whose Internet address has been detected sharing files illegally. A person will be given up to six opportunities to stop before the Internet provider will take more drastic steps, such as temporarily slowing their connection, until they acknowledge they received a notice or review educational materials about copyright law.

Consumers who maintain they have been wrongly accused could appeal.

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