The Copyright Alert System (also known as the “Six Strikes” anti-piracy system went live today (Monday, 2-25-13). For better or worse it’s a new era on the Internet and getting your hands on some of your favorite digital audio and video just got a little more dangerous. The system is the latest attempt by movie and music industry insiders to stop the heretofore uncontrollable hemorrhaging of their content through site like The Pirate Bay.
The Copyright Alert System (CAS for short) is the brain child of the RIAA and MPAA. They enlisted the help of the five largest Internet service providers and have come up with a comprehensive – if flawed – plan to combat large scale piracy and individual pirates. Allegedly, the goal of the Copyright Alert System is to educate unwitting pirates about the financial damage content piracy does to individual industries, content providers, and the U. S. Economy as a whole. However, the system is essentially a very big stick that “The Man” can shake at anyone who violates the law.
The system is set up with the responsibility for discovering piracy resting solely on the shoulders of the copyright holders. These Copyright holders will be trolling the Internet and popular pirate sites to see if their content is freely available. If found, ISPs will be notified. ISPs then track down pirates and the “Six Strike” set-up comes into play.
How the Copyright Alert System Works
Essentially each of these “Six Strikes” falls into one of three tiers of action.
Tier One: Pirates will be notified that their behavior has been noted and that they’re being watched. They’ll also be pointed to legal download/streaming options.
Tier Two: Users are forced to acknowledge that they know the behaviors they are engaged in is wrong and recieve “education.”
Tier Three: ISPs throttle speeds and block popular websites. Verizon’s plan includes cutting pirates back to speeds of 56k!
But it could get worse in the very near future.
Leaked documents from Verizon’s Copyright Alert System plan (“magically” obtained by TorrentFreak) show that ISPs could be required to furnish individual IPs and subscription information if the copyright holder obtains legal permission to access such information!
Some critics say the Copyright Alert System doesn’t go far enough to protect content. Others think implementiion will prove disastrous — users sharing public networks and WiFi will essentially be viewed as one entity!
On a side note,
in what is sure to be a sign of deference to the RIAA and MPAA (or not) The Pirate Bay today renamed itself (at least) temporarily the Hydra Bay. Cut off one head … The move came as a middle finger to the man after TPB was forced to move out of Sweden and find greener pastures in Spain (according to TorrentFreak).