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Center for Copyright Information anti-piracy warnings subpoenaed

updated 01:41 pm EDT, Sat June 28, 2014

Judge rules CCI's 'six strikes' program relevant to porn studio suit

Despite the ostensible goal of the US Center for Copyright Information's (CCI) "six strikes" program being education, US Magistrate Judge Mark Dinsmore has ruled that the center must divulge Copyright Alert System (CAS) warnings. Pornography studio Malibu Media is seeking messages that the CCI sent to one of its many lawsuit targets, and will be used as proof of the woman's alleged copyright violations in court.

The CCI's role, according to its own mission statement, is to educate the public about copyright laws and inform them of the consequences of any potential violations. Staff will gauge the effectiveness of these actions, the ability of companies identifying violators, and attempting to bring new ISPs into the fold.

File sharers are told during the education process how and where they can get music and movies online legally. The program came under some fire when former RIAA lawyer Stroz Friedberg was hired to monitor the system. The center's page for independent analysis of the system still contains no content, a year after launch of the system.

Malibu Media attorney Paul Nicoletti claims in the complaint and court filing that the warnings are relevant "because these notices may prove a pattern of infringement or notice that infringement is occurring or both." The judge agreed.

The disclosure of the warnings are the first known incidence of the CCI's program being used for actual copyright infringement hearings. The system wasn't designed for court proof of infringement, at least not publicly. Participating ISPs in the CCI's warning system include Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Cablevision, and Time Warner, plus all subsidiaries of the parent companies.

The software performing the monitoring of BitTorrent traffic for the Center for Copyright Information has seen some problems. MarkMonitor, the underpinning of the system, has flagged HBO.com as in violation of the DMCA for violations of its own content -- an obvious failure of the system, and not the first such incident. Additionally, the same automated report to the search engine named websites that were writing about HBO content, and thus clearly not violating "fair use" provisions of the law.

Six Strikes Disclosure Ruling



By Electronista Staff
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  1. kerryb

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    Maybe spend the time and money on something important like feeding people.

  1. hayesk

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    "proof of the woman's alleged copyright violations in court."

    Uhm... what woman? The story should mention who they are referring to.

  1. EstaNightshift

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    Joined: 07-19-12

    The identity of the woman is irrelevant.

  1. chimaera

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    Joined: 04-08-07

    Also, her name is listed at the top of the embedded document.

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