In a surprising move, Comcast has now revealed to TorrentFreak that they will be terminating the accounts of certain “repeated and egregious” copyright infringers.
Comcast, along with AT&T, Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner, participates in the ‘Six Strikes’ program. This anti-piracy enforcement plan doles out a variety of punishments to repeat copyright offenders, but never included stipulations to terminate accounts.
In addition, Comcast has decided to punish outside of Six Strikes, by terminating the accounts of some infringers on their own. Most other ISPs wait for a court order, but Comcast has told TorrentFreak: “a court order is certainly not required,” and that the company’s “interpretation of the law is appropriate”.
TorrentFreak points out: “Under what circumstances this would take place, and how Comcast defines ‘repeated and egregious’ copyright infringement, remains unknown for now.”