Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Copyright Alert System (CAS): ISPs to Send Notices to Alleged Infringers

For anyone who may be infringing upon copyrighted works over the world wide web and networks, you may soon be receiving a notice from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as a part of the recently implemented Copyright Alert System (CAS). The Center for Copyright Information says that notices will start in the next couple of months. 

...[E]ach participating ISP expects to begin rolling out its version of the CAS – a system through which ISPs will pass on to their subscribers notices sent by content owners alleging copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks. Educational alerts will come first, followed by acknowledgement alerts that require the recipients to let their ISP know they have received the notices. For accounts where alleged infringing activity continues, enhanced alerts that contain “mitigation measures” will follow. These mitigation measures will vary by ISP and range from requiring the subscriber to review educational materials, to a temporary slow-down of Internet access speed. However, termination of a consumer’s Internet service is not a part of any ISP’s Copyright Alert System program. Contrary to many erroneous reports, this is not a “six-strikes-and-you’re-out” system that would result in termination. There's no "strikeout" in this program.

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