Quoted: ‘Six strikes’ and your Internet could be out? On the Copyright Alert System

“We hope that by the time people get to alerts number five or six, they will stop.”

Jill Lesser, executive director of the Center for Copyright Information, which is overseeing the Copyright Alert System. The CAS, which was implemented Monday, is also known as the “six strikes” initiative because under the system, U.S. Internet users suspected of illegal file-sharing get six alerts before they are subject to “mitigation” measures such as ISPs slowing their Internet speeds. The participating ISPs are AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon. CAS, which is backed by the U.S. government, was unveiled last year. (See Eyepatch dispatch: ISPs, movie and music industries team up against pirates.) But the rollout of the system, which uses San Francisco-based MarkMonitor to monitor peer-to-peer file-sharing, was delayed partly because of ISP reluctance, according to Wired. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property director, Corynne McSherry, told the Guardian that CAS “is just a great big expensive system to snoop on and intimidate people who are probably mostly good actors.” In a blog post, she also picks apart excerpts from the CCI’s revamped website, saying “it’s chock full of warning signs that this whole campaign is not going to go well.” It has to go better than the entertainment industry suing Internet users over file-sharing, right? Depends on the ISP’s approach, which the Verge writes could vary. While CCI says the system isn’t designed to turn off repeat offenders’ Internet accounts, “we reserve the right to terminate a user’s account for serious abuse,” a Time Warner Cable spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.


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  • Bryan

    Having been convinced by the prettier, smarter, sexier, more interesting people on the screen that my own life is a pathetic, worthless shadow of theirs, my only possible revenge is to steal the drug they peddle.

    I gave them my ugly, flabby, boring soul. I’m not giving them my money.

  • OMG! Pirate Cinema come to life!
    Well, we know how this is gonna end and it ain’t pretty.

  • Larry

    So what happens when the pirate is someone who is also stealing the internet connectivity, as happened to me. I received a notice of infringement from my ISP and that was my first clue that someone had tapped into my service. My ISP kicked the thief off their network (by blocking his cable modem, not by catching and prosecuting him), but pretty much blew off my request to remove the notice of infringement from my record.