Archive for the ‘Three Strikes’ Category
Copyright Holders Want Voluntary UK Three-Strikes Anti-Piracy Scheme. Major labels are now in talks with the UK’s largest ISPsPosted: 2013/09/02 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, Three Strikes
Comcast is reportedly working on a new anti-piracy project in addition to the current six-strikes schemePosted: 2013/08/06 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, Three Strikes
Under the new plan ISPs will monitor subscribers’ Internet traffic and present pirates with legal alternatives through popups. The new system is still in the development phase and sources say it will co-exist with the existing copyright alert system
After years of debate and controversy the French Government has finally backtracked on the law which allowed errant subscribers to be disconnected from the Internet. This morning a decree was published which removed the possibility for file-sharers to have their connections cut for copyright infringement. Instead, those caught by rightsholders will now be subjected to a system of automated fines.
A French experiment in cracking down on digital media piracy by threatening to kick copyright cheats offline is about to end — without solving the problem.
The government of President François Hollande appears poised to shut down the agency that was created to enforce the law, imposed under Mr. Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, and to defang the measure of much of its menace.
Fleur Pellerin, the French minister in charge of Internet policy, said during a recent visit to a high-technology complex in Sweden that suspending Internet connections was incompatible with the French government’s hopes of spurring growth in the digital economy.
“Today, it’s not possible to cut off Internet access,” she said. “It’s something like cutting off water.”
Comcast revealed today how it will deal with customers who receive multiple warnings under the newly launched “six-strikes” anti-piracy systemPosted: 2013/02/28 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, Three Strikes
This week marks the start of the new ‘Copyright Alert System’ in the USA. The system aims to educate and create awareness amongst Internet users about their illegal downloading habits. The system uses a ‘six-strikes’ – or graduated response – method to prevent consumers from continuing their illegal downloading.
The system is a collaboration between five major ISPs, RIAA, MPAA, IFTA and A2IM and is regulated by the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system works through a graduated response approach. The organisations in this project monitor peer-to-peer networks. Once illegal filesharing is detected and confirmed, content owners identify the Internet Protocol (IP) address used by the computer making the file available. Each IP address is associated with a specific ISP, so content owners notify the ISP to which the address is assigned and the ISP then passes a Copyright Alert on to the customer assigned to the address. The customer’s identity is not disclosed to the content owners.
The said consumer will receive a letter from their ISP through which they are made aware of the broader consequences of illegal downloading for the entertainment sector and society as a whole. If infringements continue, customers can be obliged by their provider to be subjected to a form of ‘mandatory education’; the consumer will be redirected to a website where he will have to acknowledge that he has received the warning Eventually, users that continue to misbehave online risk slower bandwidth connections.
The system does not aim a criminal approach to the problem, so “six strikes” is not likely to result in arresting, suing or fining consumers that engage in downloading illegal content. Instead, matters are being addressed on the basis of the subscribers’ relationship between the consumer and the ISP. The aim is to educate consumers on responsible Internet use and raise awareness about copyright in order to prevent future infringements. Whenever a customer feels unjustly treated, there is the opportunity of challenging the alert and request a review by the American Arbitration Association. The system is the industry’s response to the attempts of US politicians to take legislative action against online piracy that are fruitless to date.
Today the MPAA and RIAA, helped by five major Internet providers in the United States, will start to warn BitTorrent piratesPosted: 2013/02/26 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, Three Strikes
After months of delay, the “Copyright Alert System” (also known as “six strikes”) is ready for its “implementation phase”Posted: 2013/02/25 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, Three Strikes
The much-discussed U.S. six strikes anti-piracy scheme is expected to go live on Monday. The start date hasn’t been announced officially by the CCI but a source close to the scheme confirmed the plans. During the coming months millions of BitTorrent users will be actively monitored by copyright holders. After repeated warnings, Internet subscribers risk a heavy reduction in download speeds and temporary browsing restrictions.
Hollywood summoned New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to meetings in the United States to discuss his country’s “3 strikes” anti-piracy lawPosted: 2013/02/08 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, Three Strikes
The French Hadopi anti-piracy agency will send out 1.1 million “strike” warnings in 2013 in relation to copyright infringementPosted: 2013/01/23 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Three Strikes
At the same time, Hadopi have published new figures on how citizens are consuming both legal and not-so-legal content online and reporting successes in getting people back into official stores.
With support from Google, researchers Joe Karaganis and TorrentFreak’s Lennart Renkema commissioned a public opinion survey on file sharing and copyright enforcementPosted: 2013/01/21 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Google, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Online advertising, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, Three Strikes
The website was started in November 2005 by a Dutchman using the pseudonym “Ernesto Van Der Sar”. He was joined by Andy “Enigmax” Maxwell and Ben Jones in 2007. Regular contributors include Rickard Falkvinge, founder of the Pirate Party. The online publication eCommerceTimes, in 2009, described “Ernesto” as the pseudonym of Lennart Renkema, owner of TorrentFreak.
During the coming weeks the controversial “six-strikes” anti-piracy system will kick off in the U.S. While none of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will handle repeat infringers, TorrentFreak has obtained a copy of Verizon’s full policy. Among other things, offenders will have to watch a video about the consequences of online piracy, before their speeds are reduced to 256kbps. Also worth mentioning is that the copyright alert system will also apply to business customers.
France likely to abandon Hadopi. Any new approach does not include the possibility of criminal proceedings against individualsPosted: 2012/12/12 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Three Strikes
It would seem that France’s controversial graduated response approach (known by the name of the agency enforcing it, Hadopi), which is likely to have inspired the US Copyright Alert System and New Zealand’s new “three strikes” law, will be abandoned in favor of other measures.
The French Minister of Culture, Aurelie Filippetti, and her advisor, Pierre Lescure, have recently presented an alternative approach to combating piracy. This approach consists of three regulatory tracks; giving intermediaries more responsibilities with regard to reducing illegal content, reducing the visibility of illegal content in search engines and addressing the sources of revenue of sites that infringe copyright. As opposed to Hadopi, the new approach does not include the possibility of criminal proceedings against individuals.
Beginning in a few weeks, the nation’s major internet service providers will roll out an initiative — backed by Obama and pushed by Hollywood and the record labels – to disrupt and possibly terminate internet access for online copyright scofflaws without the involvement of cops or courts. But that doesn’t mean Hollywood is done filing lawsuits or lobbying Congress.
“It doesn’t mean you give up on litigation,” said Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, speaking at an industry gathering here Thursday. “It doesn’t mean you give up on legislation.”
The much debated “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme was supposed to kick off in the United States today, but this is not going to happenPosted: 2012/11/29 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Three Strikes
The Center for Copyright Information has announced that the ISPs are not ready to send warnings just yet, citing Hurricane Sandy as one of the reasons for the delay. The scheme is now expected to take off early next year if everything goes according to the updated schedule.
“Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the end of the year,” CCI’s Executive Director Jill Lesser explains.
“We need to be sure that all of our ‘I’s are dotted and ‘T’s crossed before any company begins sending alerts, and we know that those who are following our progress will agree,” Lesser adds.
It’s unclear how Hurricane Sandy affected the launch, but it’s unlikely to explain the delay of more than a month.
TorrentFreak has learned that the main problem is to get all actors, including the ISPs and the American Arbitration Association, lined up to move at once. This proved to be much more difficult than anticipated.
The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has told a Westminster Media Forum event that it will be the responsibility of each broadband ISP to decide which of their customers are officially defined as “subscribers” and thus susceptible to the new copyright infringement rules, which are designed to clampdown on “illegal” internet piracy.
As Americans settle in for the Thanksgiving weekend of food and family, filesharing traffic traditionally shows a modest rise. But those downloading content may look back on this holiday as the last golden weekend of piracy if the major ISPs have anything to do with it.