Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship. It’s important that you and your children understand copyright and how it impacts the creation and use of content, as it is part of being a good digital citizen.
When you or your child go online, you’re sure to find many forms of content. Be it videos, music, games, articles, or something else, the Internet has made it easier than ever before to share, collaborate on, and generate all types of media. With this, though, comes the responsibility to understand the concepts of authorship and copyright. You can read more about copyright at the FAQ webpage of the United States Copyright Office.
What is copyright infringement?
Copyright infringement typically consists of the unauthorized copying or sharing of music, movies, TV programs, or computer games. Copyright infringement is a violation of U.S. copyright law, and should be taken very seriously.
At Comcast, we are committed to complying with U.S. copyright law and we require all Xfinity Internet customers to comply with it, too. Complying with all applicable laws is a key requirement of our Acceptable Use Policy for Xfinity Internet.
That brings us to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the DMCA). The DCMA provides copyright owners with a process for communicating alleged copyright infringement to Internet service providers regarding their users. In turn, these service providers are required in most cases to act on valid notifications and to terminate in appropriate circumstances subscribers and account holders who are repeat infringers.
As part of our DMCA Policy, we place accounts of customers for whom we receive multiple DMCA notifications of alleged infringement into a multi-step DMCA repeat infringer policy. Upon receipt of repeated DMCA notifications in a calendar month, the customer account will progress from one policy step to the next one.
Actions that we may take under the DMCA repeat infringer policy include sending alerts of increased visibility, requiring the customer to call our support team, and suspending or terminating the customer’s Xfinity Internet service and other Xfinity services. To learn more about our DMCA policy, visit our FAQ.
Understanding the risks
In addition to violating Comcast’s Acceptable Use Policy as well as U.S. copyright laws and risking an impact to your Xfinity service, the websites that promote the illegal sharing of online content could put your computer and any data stored within it at risk by disseminating viruses that can access your files and even still your passwords. According to a recent study, by Digital Citizens Alliance and RiskIQ, more than 30% of sites containing infringing content infected users with malware or compromised their home network in some fashion.
For more resources on copyright law, visit the links below: