The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has teamed up with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), other media outlets, and Internet service providers (ISPs) to form the brand new Center for Copyright Information (CCI) and tackle piracy with a “six strikes plan.”
The gist of the plan is that ISPs will send up to six warning notices to any accounts whose sites are being used to illegally share files. According to PCWorld, “[t]he alerts ultimately include punishments such as bandwidth throttling, temporary suspension of service, and copyright reeducation” but would “never call for suspension of your home telephone line, email address (presumably an ISP-provided address) or home security or medical monitoring services.”
Also, the ISPs wouldn’t give out private subscriber information without a subpoena or court order.
Alleged infringers can appeal accusations for a $35 filing fee; individual cases on appeal are to be analyzed by an independent reviewer, who also have discretion to waive the fee. Legal challenges to accusations are also still available.
Participating ISPs include Verizon, AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, and Time Warner, and the plan has also gotten a stamp of approval from the White House via blog post.
This agreement is right in line with the recent CNET exclusive report about ISPs banding together to fight piracy that we discussed here at the blog in late June.
Suggested further reading: The Content Industry and ISPs Announce a “Common Framework for Copyright Alerts”: What Does It Mean for Users via The Electric Frontier Foundation. Also, “Get Accused of Copyright Infringement Under New Five Strikes Plan? It’ll Cost You To Challenge” via Techdirt.