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US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby Oddbrother » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:50 pm

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Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States will soon launch new programs to police their networks in an effort to catch digital pirates and stop illegal file-sharing.

Major ISPs announced last summer that they had agreed to take new measures in an effort to prevent subscribers from illegally downloading copyrighted material, but the specifics surrounding the imminent antipiracy measures were not made available. Now, RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman has said that ISPs are ready to begin their efforts to curtail illegal movie, music and software downloads on July 12.

“Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system,” Sherman said during a talk at the annual Association of American Publishers meeting, according to CNET. Measures will also be taken to establish databases “so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice. Every ISP has to do it differently depending on the architecture of its particular network. Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion.”

Customers found to be illegally downloading copyrighted material will first receive one or two notifications from their ISPs, essentially stating that they have been caught. If the illegal downloads continue, subscribers will receive a new notice requesting acknowledgement that the notice has been received. Subsequent offenses can then result in bandwidth throttling and even service suspension.

The news comes shortly after the closure of file-sharing giant Megaupload and increased pressure on other networks thought to be major hubs for the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. Some studies show that these measures have had no impact on piracy, however, so organizations like the RIAA have been lobbying for ISPs to intervene and develop systems that will allow them to police their networks and directly address subscribers who illegally download copyrighted content.

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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby piinyouri » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:44 am

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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby thebocaj » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:07 am

Oh, I thought they already did this. Or are they just making it so they can do it more efficiently than before?
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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby amak11 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:50 pm

Hah, what is the US going to do about me? Nothing cause i live in Canada! All Canadian like with out hilariously correct South Park style heads ;)
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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby RedShadow » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:55 pm

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Postby slashfan7964 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:48 pm

What about privacy laws? This country is going downhill so fast.
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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby crossieh » Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:00 pm

Sucks to be you, eh?
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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby Jama7301 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:56 pm

Since the internet is a public asset, you don't get the same coverage from privacy laws.

At least that's how I see it.
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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby slashfan7964 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:56 pm

Jama7301 wrote:Since the internet is a public asset, you don't get the same coverage from privacy laws.

At least that's how I see it.


While that is true, there are certain lawas that limit what ISP's etc can and cannot do.
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Re: US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

Postby aander91 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:08 pm

This law is a joke. As common sense might suggest, ISPs are more than happy to let you steal someone elses stuff as long as you continue to pay them. cya
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