ISPs To Start Six-Strike Anti-Piracy Program Later This Year

    September 28, 2012
    Zach Walton
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You may recall an effort on the part of the Center for Copyright Information to start a six-strike warning system for repeat copyright infringers. The plan called for tracking of Internet users and calling them out when they were found to be downloading copyrighted content. The warning system was to be put in place last year, but has been delayed numerous times. Now it looks like it may finally be launching before the end of this year.

TorrentFreak reports that a source close to the CCI that the six-strike system is up and ready. The only thing standing in its way is a reluctance on the part of ISPs to start warning subscribers. The fist one out of the gate will be seen as betraying the privacy of their subscribers, and they could start to lose said subscribers.

Regardless, the CCI is pushing for a launch by the end of this year. The current plan is to simultaneously launch the effort across the five largest ISPs in America – Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. These ISPs will begin testing the warning system in November.

TorrentFreak also reports that the CCI has contracted MarkMonitor to find the identity of alleged pirates. They point out that MarkMonitor is owned by the same company that currently identifies pirates under Ireland’s ridiculous three-strikes system.

The concern right now is that the CCI is being rather secretive about the six-strike system. All we know is that ISPs will punish repeat offenders, but it was never made clear what the punishments would entail. ISPs claimed that they would not terminate a user’s service, but there was never any guarantee made.

In slightly good news, TorrentFreak’s source reports that MarkMonitor had its evidence technique reviewed by an independent third party. The report will apparently be released in the next few weeks to provide transparency on their methods. At that time, we’ll hopefully be able to fully understand what exactly is going into this new method of pirate surveillance.

For now, we can at least rest easy that the six-strike system is nowhere near as bad as Mediacom’s self-instituted three-strike system. The ISP recently said that they would ban a subscriber for life if they were found to be downloading copyrighted content three times in a row.

Regardless of the system, any kind of elevated response system just shows that the copyright lobby still doesn’t understand the proper methods of combatting piracy. Services like Netflix and Spotify have done more to reduce piracy than harebrained schemes implemented by dinosaurs. Of course, we wouldn’t expect them to make things easy on consumers.

  • http://www.ethicalfan.com ethicalfan

    “filesharing” copyrighted music and movies is a serious violation of Federal law. In the United States, the copyright owner has the exclusive right to determine who may distribute their copyrights (google 17 USC 106). If you break this law, the copyright owner can sue you and you can receive a court judgement for up to $150,000 for each time your computer uploads or downloads a portion of the file using BitTorrent. The reason why it is illegal is because it hurts people. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages to musicians in the US are down 45% since p2p technology arrived. The entire recorded music industry has been cut in half. ISPs are liable for allowing their subscribers to repeatedly break the law (17 USC 512 (i)) if they do not terminate their service. ISPs have been accruing massive liability by letting their subscribers continue to do this and that is why 15% of all US internet traffic is used for illegal p2p. The CCI is an unjust solutiuon that makes the group that is being harmed by “filesharing” pay for the enforcement.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      That may be true, but do you think the music industry would be better off today if they embraced emerging technologies instead of fighting against it? P2P and file sharing has hurt the music industry, but the music industry has done quite a bit of damage to itself over the years as well. Should other progressive industries continue to give in to an industry that refuses to reinvent itself?

    • Ben

      Despite the “music industry” being cut in half, average Joe’s ability to make it big all his own has been increased exponentially thanks to filesharing. Before the internet, popular music was what the big corporations said it was. Period.

    • http://www.angersausomeaussies.com AngersAusomeAussies

      I totally agree w/Ethicalfan here, When ppl spend a lot of time & money to write or make something of their own, then some joe blow comes along & copies it, taking the credit for it, how would that make you feel if the shoe were on the other foot here. If it is copyrighted, it is NOT yours to copy it period!

    • Steven Thornton

      Copyright infringement is, by definition, taking content and RESELLING or REDISTRIBUTING it. Downloading songs to listen to before purchasing an album that you dont want to waste your money on IS NOT copyright infringement. The industry doesnt want to adapt, so now that can manipulate laws to cater to their demands?

  • Jangles

    This has been in place at verizon for quite some time. I’ve received one of their warnings about three years ago. I’ve since lost interest in torrenting… mostly because I actually have a job and can afford to.

    • Jangles

      Forgot to mention that I also no longer use verizon as my ISP. So, yea, infringe on my rights, lose a customer.

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