The 'six-strikes' system has been offically confirmed, but the authorities prefer to call it the Copyright Alert System which instead issues "educational" alerts. Is the game up for music pirates?
Posted on Oct 22, 2012 03:15 pm
A national Copyright Alert System has been confirmed for the US in an attempt to combat piracy and file-sharing.
The news follows a leaked document which revealed plans by AT&T to launch a new copyright warning system from November 28.
Within two months, internet service providers (ISPs) will use the system to warn customers of copyright infringement, starting with so-called "educational" alerts followed by "acknowledgement" alerts which require a reply to confirm they have been read, according to Music Ally.
Pirates who continue to break copyright law will then face "mitigation measures", which could include reduced internet speeds or potentially an outright ban, and will be decided by the ISP.
Previous reports described it as a six-strikes system, but Jill Lesser from the US Center for Copyright Information is keen to dampen such rumors.
Contrary to many erroneous reports, this is not a six-strikes-and-you're-out' system that would result in termination, writes Lesser in a blog post. "There's no strikeout' in this program."
Lesser writes that consumers who are wrongly targeted by the letters will have a means to dispute them via an independent organisation.
It looks like ISPs finally have a sensible system to combat piracy in the US but will pirates find a way to evade the warnings? Let us know what you think in the comments.