"Six Strikes" Copyright Alert System to Start Punishing Customers Next Week
February 25, 2013 12:30 PM
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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.
nation's top two mobile carriers
-- Verizon Communications Inc. (
)/Vodafone Group Plc. (
) joint subsidiary Verizon Wireless and AT&T, Inc. (
) -- 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. (
), 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's new website just went live.
Under the plan, copyright watchdogs like the
Recording Industry Association of America
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.
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RE: April fools came early
2/26/2013 2:47:38 AM
being cut off for using a VPN? That's only half the users out there, will not happen.
RE: April fools came early
2/26/2013 3:49:09 AM
you were just 'working from home and needed to access the corporate network.' Do you take me for an idiot, sir? Only pirates use VPN. We're onto you and your shenanigans."
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