US internet “six strikes” anti-piracy campaign begins


A “six-strikes” campaign to combat internet piracy has begun in the US.

Five of the country’s leading internet service providers (ISPs) are taking part in the Copyright Alert System (CAS), which they say is designed to educate rather than punish users.

Suspected persistent copyright infringers will receive six warnings, after which their internet access may be limited but not cut off.

Campaigners are calling for an independent body to oversee the scheme.

One group, called Demand Progress, has warned that ISPs “want to serve as judge, jury, and executioner”.

But organisers have indicated that once users received six alerts they would be considered outside the system. In other words, they are unwilling to change their behaviour, so nothing else would be done.

The scheme was supposed to launch last year, but organisers announced a last-minute delay, which they blamed on Hurricane Sandy disrupting final tests.

Verizon, Time Warner, Cablevision, Comcast and AT&T are all taking part in the initiative, which is co-ordinated by the Center For Copyright Information (CCI) – a group representing rights holders in the media industries.

“Over the course of the next several days… our content partners will begin sending notices of alleged peer-to-peer copyright infringement to ISPs, and the ISPs will begin forwarding those notices in the form of copyright alerts to consumers,” announced the CCI’s executive director Jill Lesser.

“Consumers whose accounts have been used to share copyrighted content over P2P networks illegally (or without authority) will receive alerts that are meant to educate rather than punish, and direct them to legal alternatives. And for those consumers who believe they received alerts in error, an easy-to-use process will be in place for them to seek independent review of the alerts they received.”

The ISPs are being left to determine their own responses to users who either ignore six warnings or fail to challenge the evidence against them and it is not yet clear exactly how each will act.


“designed to educate rather than punish users”

yeah of course they do..

“that ISPs “want to serve as judge, jury, and executioner”

yeah of course they do..


~ by seeker401 on March 4, 2013.

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