"In an effort to assist content owners with combating on-line piracy, AT&T will be sending alert e-mails to customers who are identified as having been downloading copyrighted content without authorization from the copyright owner,"
Ok, I'm no advocate of piracy but AT&T works for the customers, not the content owners. If the content owners have a legitimate claim then this should be taken up with the courts. This can't be compared to the French version because, rightly or wrongly, that has been imposed by the government. It is the government's job it is to balance the rights of the content owners and the content consumers.