US’ Six-Strikes Scheme Postponed, Again
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CCI or the Center for Copyright Information is the organization responsible with tracking pirates down as soon as the six-strikes response system kicks in. However, although the system was supposed to be in place starting with July 2011, it was postponed twice for later this year.
The reason for delaying the legislation in the first place was because the involved parties could not meet the deadline – that was in May 2012.
While some may think that this second delay may have something to do with ACTA being rejected, Advisory Board member Gigi Sohn claims that they still need to find the appropriate language before sending out the warning letters.
As one may know by now, the six-strikes scheme is the fruit of a collaboration between MPAA & RIAA and five of the biggest internet providers in the United States. As such, CCI was born, and Gigi Sohn is one of its public advocates. She decided to release some information on how things progressed.
“The Board, with the Advisory Board’s advice, has been testing messages for the alerts to see what will be effective and what will not. This testing has included focus groups with parents and young adults,” Sohn said.
“The CCI’s alert methods and messaging will almost certainly be shaped by the recent reports from France that discuss the demise of the ’3 strikes’ Hadopi law,” she writes.
The eyes of the public are on this matter, so we should expect that the e-mails will mainly focus on promoting legal alternatives rather than on punishments. Furthermore, another reason of delaying the scheme is because the American Arbitration Association is still to finalize the appeal procedure. That’s good news, as it concerns users’ rights to defend themselves through an appeal.
While waiting for a leak or public statement on the legislation, you can browse this helpful report on how to deal with the six-strikes system when it becomes law.