The country's largest Internet service providers, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon and Time Warnerm, may begin policing U.S. copyright infringement as soon July, according to a report on CNET.
The news came from Cary Sherman, CEO/chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America, who was speaking on a panel at the Association of American Publishers annual meeting.
The panel focused on the failure of passing SOPA and PIPA and what the publishing industries can do in the future to further protect copyright.
ISPs agreed a year ago to a policy of combating illegal downloading of copyrighted materials. Sherman reportedly said during the panel that most of the participating ISPs are on track to begin implementing the program by July 12.
CNET spoke with Sherman following the panel who said that, "Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system…for establishing the database so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice....Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion."
The ISPs have agreed to a graduated response system to fight copyright infringement violations which reportedly includes such measures as slowing down connection speed and suspending Internet access.
According to a report on Paid Content, Sherman mentioned "a software program that 'searches through P2P sites for pirated content, then notifies ISPs, who in turn send notices to subscribers alerting them that they've been identified as 'copyright infringers.'"