AT&T announced this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that it was considering the idea of Internet filtering to keep an eye on the sharing of copyrighted materials on peer-to-peer networks.
According to the Associated Press, “CEO Randall Stephenson told a conference at the World Economic Forum that the company is looking at monitoring peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, one of the largest drivers of online traffic but also a common way to illegally exchange copyright files. ‘It’s like being in a store and watching someone steal a DVD. Do you act?’ Stephenson asked.”
Due to protections currently in place under U.S. law shielding Internet providers from prosecution or liability for actions of their subscribers, most providers currently do not have filtering policies in place. AT&T has been considering the action since last year.