MPAA to broadband providers: Pull the plug on pirates

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thief.gifHOLLYWOOD, Calif.–The Motion Picture Association of America (MIPAA) is calling on broadband providers to pull the plug on copyright-infringing users.

Jim Williams, the MPAA’s chief technology officer and senior vice president, said on Thursday that it’s in the best interests of Internet providers to sift through data traveling across their networks and interrupt transmissions that violate copyright law.

“Much of the Internet is being clogged up with stolen goods,” Williams said at a technology policy conference here. “Basically you have a bunch of free riders who are hogging the bandwidth (and taking) it away from legitimate consumers.”

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