Currently, internet service providers (ISPs) aren't held accountable for the actions of their subscribers. If users choose to use their internet access for downloading music and movies, there is little blame that the movie and music industry can place on the ISP itself (though there have been cooperation between ISPs and big media).
That could all change, however, as countries including the U.S., Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia as well as the European Union have been negotiating an anticounterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA), reported PC World.
A proposal for the ACTA is for ISPs to be held liable for the illegal actions of its users. This would mean that recording and film industries would be able to sue telco and cable companies for the usage of its internet services.
Two of the largest nations known for piracy and counterfeiting activities, China and Russia, are not part of the ACTA, leading some experts to question the real effectiveness of such a trade agreement.