Warnings system for online piracy launches
Roger Yu, USA Today
In a new warning system launched Monday, Internet service providers will begin alerting users engaged in online piracy and possibly limit repeat offenders’ Internet access.
Called the Copyright Alert System (CAS), it’ll be adopted by five of the most popular service providers, including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.
With “the implementation phase” that begins Tuesday, content creators, such as movie and music studios, will send notices of those who are thought to be downloading files in the “peer-to-peer” format to Internet service providers. Alleged violators will then be notified by their Internet service provider.
The citations are meant to educate consumers about the consequences of piracy, says the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), an advocacy group formed by movie and music studios and the Internet service providers to create CAS.
Users will be sent a maximum of six alerts “with an increasing degree of seriousness,” CCI says on its website. There are two “educational” alerts, two “acknowledgement” alerts that require a response from the recipient and two “mitigation” alerts that impose “minor consequences to emphasize the seriousness of the problem,” it says.
For those who receive six warnings, Internet providers may reduce their Internet speed or redirect them to another landing page to review and respond to alerts prior to resuming service.
“Consumers whose accounts have been used to share copyrighted content over P2P networks illegally (or without authority) will receive alerts that are meant to educate rather than punish, and direct them to legal alternatives,” writes Jill Lesser, executive director of CCI, in the organization’s blog.
Those consumers who believe they received an alert in error will have access to independent review, she says.
The warning system was scheduled to launch late last year. But citing Hurricane Sandy’s effect on its final testing schedules, CCI delayed the implementation in November.
“We need to be sure that all of our ‘I’ s are dotted and ‘T’s crossed before any company begins sending alerts,” Lesser wrote in her blog in November.