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Monday, March 18, 2013

“Six-Strikes” Regime Now Active in America

Now American citizens will be “properly educated” about copyright: they will find out what unauthorized file-sharing means and what price they will have to pay if they break the rules. In other words, the so-called “six-strikes” regime is finally enforced and ready to take on piracy.

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Jill Lesser, an executive director at the Center For Copyright Information, claimed these days are the beginning of a new era of file-sharers in the United States, namely the implementation phase of the Copyright Alert System (CAS). Lesser announced that implementation marks the culmination of long work on this “ground breaking and collaborative” attempt to fight Internet piracy and promote the legal use of digital music, films and TV shows. The Copyright Alert System offers a new way to reach users who may participate in P2P piracy.

In the meantime, industry observers point out that the good news is that the “six-strikes” system doesn’t include disconnection from the Internet. Nevertheless, users who get caught downloading copyrighted material may have to deal with throttling bandwidth, a downgrade to their online package, and a connection bypass. These measures may be applied to the infringers until they complete an Internet education program on copyright.

In short words, after you receive a warning letter as a first strike, you can file a request to challenge the accusation by paying a fee of $35. In case the accusation appears false, you’ll get your money back.

The CCI explained that public Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t to be tempered with, along with business networks. In a few days the participating Internet service providers are expected to start rolling out the system. In other words, the anti-piracy outfit’s content partners will start sending notices of alleged copyright infringement to broadband providers, who will start forwarding those notices as Copyright Alerts to their subscribers.

The next move seems to differ across Internet providers. For instance, AT&T admitted it may block its subscribers’ access to the most popular “notorious” websites until they complete a copyright course, while Verizon was going to temper with repeated infringers’ download and upload speeds. As for TWC, this one might even temporarily block access to the web.

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