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Those who wish to avoid system should quit Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, or Time Warner service

After months of delays, a "six strikes" system designed to curb copyright infringement will go live in the United States, affecting customers on many of the nations' top internet service providers (ISPs).  While avoiding the most draconian of punishments proposed in past plans -- severing offenders' internet connections -- the system will carry serious consequences including connection throttling and forced "education" from anti-piracy groups.

The nation's top two mobile carriers -- Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)/Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD) joint subsidiary Verizon Wireless and AT&T, Inc. (T) -- are both participating (as is Verizon Communications’ cable network).  Also onboard is top cable internet provider Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), a company that knows a thing or two about throttling.  Rounding out the early adopters is Time Warner Cable, Inc. (TWC), a company known for its tireless efforts to stomp out municipal cable.  The group, along with its big media partners, is known as the Center for Copyright Information.

The Daily Dot was the first to report that the system would go online this week.  The system had been delayed for months due to issues with testing servers getting knocked offline by Hurricane Sandy.

The CCI's so-called Copyright Alert System (CAS) just had a shiny new website and promotion video pop up on YouTube, lending credence to the report that the system will be deployed next week.


CCI Website
CCI's new website just went live.

Under the plan, copyright watchdogs like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) -- groups that have been internationally involved in convictions or settlements involving their own "theft" of independent artists' work -- will join peer-to-peer networks or BitTorrent transfers and log internet protocol (IP) addresses of people who are downloading "confirmed infringed content".

The first warning carries no action, but later warnings carry ISP-specific "Mitigation actions".  The (sort of) good news is that there is a path to appeal warnings.  Writes the CCI:

There is a $35 filing fee, which may be waived if you meet affordability criteria. The fee will be refunded if your challenge is successful.

Still, the system is a concern for real estate owners and Wi-Fi cafe owners, in that their services could be limited due to their customers’ actions.  In many cases, it would be near impossible for such entities to police their customers’ actions.

The simple solution for business people in that situation is to cancel their service with AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, or Time Warner and seek a local alternative.  

Of course that approach could be difficult in some regions, and may become infeasible if more ISPs jump on the CCI bandwagon.  For now, though, there are alternatives for many customers who want to avoid the system.

Source: Daily Dot



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My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By quiksilvr on 2/25/2013 1:13:14 PM , Rating: 3
So in short, screwed?




By JasonMick (blog) on 2/25/2013 1:20:00 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
So in short, screwed?
http://xkcd.com/945/


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By Samus on 2/25/2013 1:53:14 PM , Rating: 5
Well there goes public WIFI from McDonalds, Starbucks, etc, and practically any internet cafe.

This is such a backwards agression to piracy prevention. It isn't going to stop real pirates who use private trackers on torrent communities, anyway, which is where 'real' piracy happens. It will hurt clueless people, not those who do the yet-unproven "monetary damage" to the industry.

Just ridiculous.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By Jeffk464 on 2/25/2013 2:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
This has already ruined a lot of free wifi. It used to be you could find access points all over the place when away from the home. Now everybody is pretty careful to lock them down.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By chrnochime on 2/25/2013 4:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
Is your free wifi the starbucks kind or the using people's unprotected home wifi kind?


By RufusM on 2/25/2013 5:15:59 PM , Rating: 1
Well, there are still tens of thousands of WiFi routers on the Internet with UPNP enabled on the WAN, just waiting to be hacked into providing free WiFi.

http://www.upnp-hacks.org/devices.html


By Jeffk464 on 2/25/2013 8:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
Actually to tell you the truth since I got my smartphone I don't really look for wifi anymore.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By Jeffk464 on 2/25/2013 2:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, nothing media has ever done has been able to stop the major pirates who actually distribute and profit from pirated movies and software. The vast majority of piracy for profit is going on in other countries.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2013 4:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
The industry truly doesn't discriminate against for-profit piracy and not-for-profit piracy.

Piracy at all is lost revenue for them.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By christojojo on 2/25/2013 10:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yes along with the worst kind of pirate they face the imaginary lost profit from poor people profit. You know the ones that wouldnt buy it anyways they would just wait for it to be on tv the fast forward through the commercials. I always love the creative "we lost X many dollars due to this" mentality. Yet they never pay the stars for lost profit.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By NellyFromMA on 2/26/2013 1:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
So they should just get it all for free while the working class pay? That mentality is a tough sale on all the non-dependants that continue to be squeezed for every cent possible because the rich and the poor want it all.

It seems like its a more creative idea to get the working class to always pay for everyone elses's LUXURIES, not necessitties.

Just why are 'poor people' as you refer to them entitled to everything I have to earn?


By Unspoken Thought on 2/27/2013 6:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
Well, just because I exist shouldn't entitle you to subsidize all of your financial burdens on me either.

If they raise the price on a product you desire due to low sales, you aren't going to get anywhere running around yelling at the poor people claiming it's their fault.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2013 4:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you, but can't come up with real alternatives that aren't 'its free now'.

Does anyone here have suggestions?


By ShieTar on 2/27/2013 10:44:28 AM , Rating: 2
Stop paying millions of $ to singer and actors and more importantly agents and managers and lawyers, so you can sell you products at prices that people won't mind to pay?


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By abhaxus on 2/25/2013 2:29:29 PM , Rating: 2
VPN services are super cheap, like 3 bucks a month if you pay a year at a time.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By nafhan on 2/25/2013 2:40:20 PM , Rating: 2
FiOS user here; I'm planning to start paying for a personal VPN soon. Other than privacy, VPN also gets you access to region blocked content (such as the BBC, if you're an American). That in mind, I feel like $3 a month is a pretty good deal compared to ~$100+ for a premium cable package.


By Solandri on 2/25/2013 5:00:49 PM , Rating: 2
Google for expat shield (spam filter here is preventing me from posting the link. It's a free VPN (endpoint is in the UK, so you can get BBC videos). It does add ads to your browser while it's in use. I picked it up during the Olympics to bypass some of the NBC silliness.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2013 4:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
Why go with a service? If you were really interested in privacy, why not invest in a firewall with built in vpn? You don't need enterprise class, but you basically relinquich you privacy to a different service provider and defeat the point if you go with an external service.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By Solandri on 2/25/2013 5:18:23 PM , Rating: 3
It's more the principle of the thing. Not every ISP is participating in this six strikes program. It's a voluntary program. Normally, the market takes care of these things by letting people vote with their feet. If the ISP does something you don't like, you switch to a different ISP.

However, due to the government-granted internet duopolies most people face, they may not have a third choice of ISP who is not participating. You can't "vote with your feet" if both your choices are participating in six strikes. In that situation, using a VPN is your only way to protest their decision to participate. (Only realistic way. I suppose you could cancel your internet service, but that's not very realistic in this day and age.)


By NellyFromMA on 2/26/2013 1:53:33 PM , Rating: 2
How does the VPN service allow you to not subscribe to either of the local ISP options? I presumed you had to have internet to use a VPN service.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By bodar on 2/25/2013 6:38:03 PM , Rating: 2
Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you still need an endpoint to tunnel TO though, if you are trying to encrypt P2P traffic coming to your router? That's what a VPN service provides. Sure, with a VPN firewall you can VPN into your home network from the outside, but what good does that do in this case? The infringing IP address will still be yours. With a VPN service, the alert system sees the service's IP address. Unless there's something that I'm not seeing here...


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By NellyFromMA on 2/26/2013 1:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
I am possibly also missing something. Could you elaborate?

If the point is that because the public IP doesn't actually belong to you irrespective of encryption, that's only gonna last for so long before these services start being cracked down on I would venture to guess.

If the gov can compell an ISP to ID a user, I would imagine it's only a matter of time before they could compell a service provider of this nature.

Sounds logical.


By bodar on 2/26/2013 10:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
Many VPN services don't keep activity logs at all and they advertise this fact. They cannot be compelled to reveal what they don't know. My understanding is that the MPAA finds out that somebody using the VPN service downloaded a movie (or whatever) from BitTorrent, but they can't connect it to a user because all they have is one of the VPN service's external IP addresses. They can lobby Congress to make a law requiring logs for VPN, but that's another story.

This is just what I've read on various tech sites. I don't use VPN services, because I don't download stuff from P2P, so take with a grain of salt. I still maintain that VPN is useless without a network to connect to, though.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By FITCamaro on 2/25/2013 2:50:50 PM , Rating: 3
Proxy.


RE: My alternatives are Comcast or Verizon FiOS
By RufusM on 2/25/2013 5:21:28 PM , Rating: 2
An anonymous proxy or TOR client/server implementation would help, although with all of the logging going on by ISPs I would think the authorities *could* still track you down if they wanted to. There are many countries with laws on the books, or probably soon to be on the books, requiring ISPs to log activity making it easier to track someone internationally if they all cooperate.


By abhaxus on 2/25/2013 9:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
If you are actually participating in serious piracy, sure, they will track you down. But if you are mainly concerned with casual P2P use by your kids, etc, when big media looks at the IP address and sees another country (or anything NOT provided by one of their 6 strikes partners) they will just pass because the effort is too high.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/25/2013 10:07:16 PM , Rating: 2
No just be smarter. BitTorrent's are for idiot kids. There are other more secure methods to get your stuff these days.


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