Illegal downloads rise


Illegal downloading of music and movies is on the rise in Ashland, despite the threat of huge fines.

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Illegal downloading of music and movies is on the rise in Ashland, despite the threat of huge fines.

Copyright violaters can face fines of up to $150,000.

The city government-owned Ashland Fiber Network, Charter Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. and other telecommunications providers receive a notice when one of their customers allegedly has violated a copyright.

In 2006, the Ashland Fiber Network sent out 54 copyright infringement notices. But numbers have shot up since then, with 657 notices sent out in 2010.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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