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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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RE: constitution vacation
By FITCamaro on 2/25/2013 2:54:08 PM , Rating: 2
14 years was a long time when the Founders were alive. Roughly half to 1/3 the average life span.

RE: constitution vacation
By AEvangel on 2/25/2013 3:35:57 PM , Rating: 3
It also was not mandatory, but required the author to come in and file for copyright.

14 years with an option to renew for an additional 14 is plenty of time to profit from a single idea or work.

RE: constitution vacation
By 91TTZ on 2/25/2013 3:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
The average life span was about the same as it is now. It was the average life expectancy that was lower, primarily because people dying while infants.

RE: constitution vacation
By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2013 4:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
LOL at people citing the founders when it suits there need, and then saying they are too outdated when it doesn't. Pick a side!

RE: constitution vacation
By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2013 4:26:49 PM , Rating: 2
Btw, thats not actually directed at you FITCamaro, more so the op that mentioned the founders.

RE: constitution vacation
By TSS on 2/26/2013 2:41:52 AM , Rating: 2
14 years is still a long time today. 14 years ago, i was 12 and a year away from my first "modern" PC, a pentium 3 600 mhz. Around that time the first kid in highschool got a nokia that could run 1 game, Snake. Monochrome ofcourse on a 2" screen.

Now my 4,7" smartphone with 1280x720 resolution carries a quadcore 1,5 ghz, and it's not even one of the top models anymore. Desktopwise people are running around with octacores, 32gb of ram and 4 connected graphics cards each measured in terraflops.

Who would be hurt by the making public of the patents on any of those machines 14 years ago? How could they possibly be relevant today, other then in ways their original creators will never think of?

RE: constitution vacation
By marvdmartian on 2/26/2013 8:16:01 AM , Rating: 2
That being said, 70 years seems like an excessive amount of time.....unless people are living to see the age of 200??

Sharing has moved so far beyond peer to peer, and bittorrent is so last decade.....people will find a way to pirate and share, no matter what the RIAA and MPAA do to prevent it. I only hope those two groups have invested a HUGE amount of their ill-gotten gains into this program.

And NO, I'm not for, or against, pirating. I simply acknowledge its existence, and realize the impossibility of stopping it.

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