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ISPs Move Forward on Policing Copyright Infringers

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CNET is reporting that Internet service providers (ISPs) are moving forward with a plan to police online copyright infringement.

Although Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and others had announced the intention to band together to fight piracy a year ago, there had been no further mention of an actual policy until recently — and it looks like the plan will go into effect in July of this year.

At the Association of American Publishers’ meeting, Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), announced the intention of the various ISPs to move forward with individual plans. Sherman told CNET that ISPs are each devising a system based on each network, and some are closer to completion than others.

The gist of the system (which is called a “graduated system”) is that a suspected copyright infringer will receive one or two notices from the ISP warning them to stop infringing activity. Such notices would then be followed by “confirmation notices,” asking recipients to confirm receipt if the infringement continues.

Penalties for offenses, set by each individual ISP, can range from decreasing the infringer’s connection speed to disabling access altogether; ISPs can also choose to forego applying penalties at their discretion.

We’ve discussed this type of “six strikes” system here at the blog previously.

Some believe that the ISPs are in the best position to discourage illegal downloading and look to the ISP plans to make a real impact.

What do you think? Do you think this is true, that ISPs fighting piracy will curb illegal downloading and other infringing activities? Or is this a losing battle? Is there another solution you would propose?

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March 21st, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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