Report: Six Strikes Copyright Enforcement Scheme Going Live Today

According to DSL Reports, the "six strikes" copyright enforcement scheme agreed upon by rights holders in the music and movie industry and various internet service providers will go into effect today. The anti-piracy enforcement efforts facilitated by the Center for Copyright Information and ISP's will warn internet users when they are accused of infringement with notices and redirection to educational materials on copyright infringement laws. While some ISPs will mostly give users warnings and direct them to the aforementioned materials, the way six strikes will be handled differs from company to company.

For example Verizon will throttle the connections of repeat offenders, while Time Warner Cable will briefly block Internet access until the accused user reads "educational" material from the entertainment industry. The problem with the Six Strikes scheme is that it relies heavily on IP addresses as a way to identify offenders and it assumes the person accused of copyright infringement is guilty. For example, if you want to fight against the accusation of infringement, that pleasure will cost you a $35 fee in some cases.

DSL Reports says that some sources it has spoken to doubt that this scheme will really curb online piracy and that some companies are bracing for an avalanche of negative press from the enforcement scheme.

Source: DSL Reports


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    quiknkold says:

    I'm actually going to try just that next week. I'm going to reinstall a large steam game. probably fallout 3. somthing thats a few gigs to see if anything happens. I'm going to document every bit of it, from the start of the DL, to the finish, including a copy of that days newspaper, and the time off of cnn on camera. if they say anything, I'm sueing in how totally inept the process is.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    I bet I get throttled for downloading a game off Steam or using iTunes.

    I hope and pray anonymous will attack these companies. I wonder if I perform the Black Sacrament if it will summon anonymous?

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    greevar says:

    This will do nothing but push those they wish to bully into submission further underground. The people that get their first notice will just sign up for a seedbox, vpn, proxy, file locker, or what have you. Others are sharing among trusted networks of friends and family where the prying eyes of the MAFIAA don't exist. The rest are just the uninitiated that will learn very fast that they can't torrent video and music in the clear without getting a nag letter eventually. This will likely blow up their face and stir up their opposition.

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    GrimCW says:


    I mean, Macross… despite its got a license holder state side it will never be allowed here because it "doesn't fit" that license holders modified story… As if anyone cares!

    'nuff said :)

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    quiknkold says:

    I'm curious to see how they would implement this. What constitutes a warning? are they specifically going after just music and movies? What about Torrents? the bits and pieces in them. I dont DL movies or music. But what about TV? I DL TV from outside the US all the time. is that going to be an issue?

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    Thipp says:

    An infinite number obviously. They slam the internet with take down notices every day for materials that have nothing to do with anything they own other than a word or two of the name in common and for all that time and money they cost they are not held accountable in the slightest. 

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