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ISPs make MPAA, RIAA team-up official with 'soft' warnings

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Thu July 7, 2011

Some US ISPs confirm copyright alert plans

Internet providers on Thursday formally revealed their pacts with the MPAA and RIAA to curb piracy. The new strategy (below) used by AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others will first send "educational messages" to an Internet account if a music or video producer sends a notice of an alleged copyright infringement. If a content producer detects another incident, the notice will require a click through receipt that will prove they had received a warning and which could theoretically be used to sue the account holder for knowingly ignoring any warnings.

If none of these are effective, the ISPs have the discretion to use "mitigation measures," according to the interpretation. As leaked earlier, these could include throttling the connection, temporary forced redirects that have the user face either the ISP or read pro-copyright material, or otherwise take actions that would be impossible to ignore. The Center for Copyright Information, which handles the new policy, is explicit in saying ISPs wouldn't be pushed to cut off a user's whole Internet connection but would only have provisions to keep voice, e-mail, health, and security services alive.

Providers can skip the toughest measures if they like, the alliance said.

Hoping to deflect legal challenges, the partners allowed for the prospect of an independent review from a non-CCI agency. Asking for a review costs $35 but can be waived, they said. If they believe the claims are serious enough, Internet users are promised that they can challenge any claims in court rather than being forced through arbitration.

The CCI sensed the expected reaction and rejected the idea that this was an attempt to edge closer to three-strikes laws like France's HADOPI, where Internet providers are required to disconnect users that only have a small amount of defense. This was just a "best practices" guide, the collective insisted, and the goal was simply to steer users more towards legal content.

Critics have nonetheless noted that the call fora receipt in the last steps is a convenient way of generating evidence that could be used for a lawsuit. The companies' own acknowledgment that they "don't know who downloaded and shared" files has also raised concerns that the move could affect someone whose connection is being used without permission. Policies like these can create a risk of ISPs losing their safe harbor rights, although the CCI stressed that ISPs weren't being asked to snoop on users.

CCI was also accused of attacking peer-to-peer content as a whole, falsely claiming that just using P2P by itself was a risk that could expose bank accounts and other information.

Center for Copyright Information ISP partnership



By Electronista Staff
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Comments

  1. Flying Meat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2007

    +2

    Now all they have to do is

    convince the wrongly accused that this is all just a fun boat ride down a lazy river, and that everyone else is doing it. Those users may have it in their head that they are up the proverbial creek with out a paddle, or that they'll never get back the time nor forget the irritation and anguish.

  1. MisterMe

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2007

    +4

    Not True

    This report is simply not true. My ISP has implemented a system in collaboration with the Copyright Enforcement Group of Beverly Hills, CA in which service is intercepted and redirected without warning on the first offense. The service is redirected to a site in which the user is warned that the Copyright Enforcement Group may bring legal action. The only exit from this area on the ISP's copyright infringement site is to the Copyright Enforcement Group's website where you are given the option of paying-up lest you face legal action.

  1. T Jensen

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2011

    +4

    ...whatever...

    Go ahead and keep biting the hand that feeds you... I don't "steal" movies or music, but I rarely buy them anymore. Used to buy movies every week, and purchase music frequently. But I'm sick and tired of watching the RIAA and like-minded MOBS bully and DEFRAUD decent, hard-working people. I don't feed the jaws that bite... You have no respect for your customers, you will eventually loose them. Have fun with that. When these arrogant fools learn a little humility and respect for the people who support them, they may see more of my money. Till then, streaming works fine for me. Any movies I want can be purchased used, and music is easily available on the radio or many streaming sites. I don't pay off thugs.The RIAA and MPAA can kiss my a**.

  1. tundaman

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2010

    +4

    Land of the Free?

    Say good by for the due process of law! This makes those patriotic act absurdities look reasonably!

    So much for the "land of the free", eh?

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    more of the same

    It's the usual c*** from the RIAA/MPAA. They're too lazy or incapable of figuring out theft on their own. They're always telling someone that they need to be 'proactive' about trying to find copyright infringement.

    So they get the kid at home who just downloaded transformers 2. Meanwhile, organized groups are continuously producing illegal copies of their wares and selling them to unsuspecting consumers. (My sister was looking on eBay for the west wing box set, and found lots of great prices for it. Marked as New! and everything. Oh, but they're all shipping from china. And even the commenters note that they're bootlegs. )

    No help for those folks. No stopping those making billions of dollars from their stuff. But they've got that kid!

  1. facebook_Tammi

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jul 2011

    0

    Whatever...

    Go ahead and keep biting the hand that feeds you... I don't "steal" movies or music, but I rarely buy them anymore. Used to buy movies every week, and purchase music frequently. But I'm sick and tired of watching the RIAA and like-minded MOBS bully and DEFRAUD decent, hard-working people. I don't feed the jaws that bite... You have no respect for your customers, you will eventually loose them. Have fun with that. When these arrogant fools learn a little humility and respect for the people who support them, they may see more of my money. Till then, streaming works fine for me. Any movies I want can be purchased used, and music is easily available on the radio or many streaming sites. I don't pay off thugs.The RIAA and MPAA can kiss my a**.

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