Today the controversial six-strikes anti-piracy system kicks off in the United States.
Soon the first BitTorrent users will receive so-called copyright alerts from their Internet provider and after multiple warnings subscribers will be
punished. But, what these punishments entail remains a bit of a mystery. None of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will treat repeat infringers and the CCI doesn't have this information either.
copyright alertsToday the
MPAA and RIAA, helped by five major Internet providers in the United States, will start to warn BitTorrent pirates. The parties launched the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) and agreed on a system through which copyright infringers are warned that
their behavior is unacceptable. After five or six warnings ISPs may then take a variety of repressive measures.
CCI Executive Director Jill Lesser announced:
Over the course of the next several days our
participating ISPs will begin rolling out the system. Practically speaking, this means our content partners will begin sending notices of alleged P2P copyright infringement to ISPs, and the ISPs will begin forwarding those notices in the form of
Copyright Alerts to consumers.
TorrentFreak have been seeking further details without much joy. The website reports:
From leaked information we previously learned that AT&T will block users' access to some of the most
frequently visited websites on the Internet, until they complete a copyright course. Verizon will slow down the connection speeds of repeated pirates, and Time Warner Cable will temporarily interrupt people's ability to browse the Internet. The two
remaining providers, Cablevison and Comcast, are expected to take similar measures. None of the ISPs will permanently disconnect repeat infringers as part of the plan.
More on this, and the other missing details on the six strikes system,
will become clear during the coming months.