The US “six-strikes” program kicked in, dragging into this anti-piracy war the country’s most respectable internet providers, amongst which we name Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Cablevision.
In their efforts to curb piracy on US territory, the entertainment industries have decided to come up with the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). Their goal is to deter illegal downloading, but not alone. US-based ISPs are to educate their customers about copyright infringement, and punish repeat offenders.
For example, Verizon’s plan is to slow down the speeds of repeat offenders, while AT&T is opting for a less aggressive punishment. Time Warner Cable is going to suspend their customers’ accounts – 14 days after receiving the fifth notice, users will be unable to access the internet unless they call TWC and be educated about copyright infringement.
Recent news revealed that Comcast is planning on educating their customers about copyright infringement, but will not throttle speeds or disconnect their users from the internet.
The announcement came on Wednesday, when the internet provider made its plans to help the CCI public.
The first and second warning will be sent in the form of in-browser alerts and e-mails, while the third and fourth alert will be tagged as “warning-focused alerts”.
The fifth alert, tagged as “mitigation-focused alerts”, will force the user to call the CSA (Comcast Security Assurance) in order to remove a “persistent in-browser alert”. The CSA team will inform the customer about copyright infringement. Furthermore, if the customer feels like the alerts are bogus, he or she can ask for an independent review (a $35 fee is required).
However, most of Comcast’s customers will never get to see a copyright alert, Jin Davis believes. Nevertheless, “we believe that informed awareness about copyrights will help our customers make knowledgeable choices about using copyrighted content online,” he said.
While some are convinced that the six-strikes system will not stop piracy, CCI’s executive director Jill Lesser said that the alerts “are meant to educate rather than punish, and direct [alleged infringers] to legal alternatives.”
Meanwhile, Comcast’s customers can click here and read all about the company’s plans to comply with the CCI.