Copyright Alert System Pushed Back (Again) to Early 2013

The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) said on Wednesday that the Copyright Alert System has been delayed. This is due to "unexpected factors" largely stemming from Superstorm Sandy which has "seriously" affected the final testing schedules. Participating ISPs such as AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner are now expected to send out alerts in the early part of 2013 rather than by the end of the year.

"Our goal has always been to implement the program in a manner that educates consumers about copyright and peer-to-peer networks, encourages the use of legal alternatives, safeguards customer privacy, and provides an easy-to-use independent review program for consumers to challenge alerts they believe they’ve received in error," the CCI said.

Just recently Verizon said that as part of the new alert system, it plans to throttle the internet connection of customers who refuse to stop downloading pirated content. This will follow two emailed alerts to the alleged pirate, warning that their actions are illegal, and up to six acknowledge alerts which requires the customer to read and confirm. The throttling itself will only last two or three days.

"These mitigation measures will vary by ISP and range from requiring the subscriber to review educational materials, to a temporary slow-down of Internet access speed," the CCI stated. "However, termination of a consumer’s Internet service is not a part of any ISP’s Copyright Alert System program. Contrary to many erroneous reports, this is not a 'six-strikes-and-you’re-out' system that would result in termination.  There's no 'strikeout' in this program."

Currently Verizon faces a lawsuit from three adult film studios for protecting its customers' rights to privacy. The three studios allege that the Big Red's refusal to hand over personal details via court-ordered subpoenas is not only an act of "bad faith", but seemingly a move to protect profits generated from BitTorrent infringements.

Verizon has chosen not to comply with court-ordered subpoenas because they seek "information that is protected from disclosure by third parties’ rights of privacy and protections guaranteed by the first amendment." Verizon is also reportedly protecting its customers from possible harassment by John Doe witch hunters.

The Copyright Alert System, which Verizon is a part of, was delayed once before, as the system was originally slated for a July 2012 release. "The dates mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are not hard deadlines but were intended to keep us on track to have the Copyright Alert System up and running as quickly as possible and in the most consumer friendly manner possible," a CCI spokesperson said.

"We need to be sure that all of our I's are dotted and T's crossed before any company begins sending alerts, and we know that those who are following our progress will agree," the CCI added on Wednesday.


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  • lets just keep delaying it forever.
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  • lets just keep delaying it forever.
  • This leaves me with mixed feelings. On one point, if you are doing something illegal, getitng a warning about it i belive is a great thing. For example, in some countries downloading pirated material is legal, yet submiting that material is illegal.

    However, if that law should one day change, beeing warned about it seems a great idea to me.

    Now dont get me wrong, i dont agree with piracy, but the prices that you see sometimes in stores is flat out crazy.
    For example, i like to buy the music i like when the price drop a bit.
    Most people that are against piracy belive that pirates create losses in the industry, as they are not buying the music, and they assume they would if piracy was impossible.

    However i find this only to be partially true, as i live in Poland now, where i never downloaded anything, and instead of buying or looking for pirate sources, i listen to records i do from the radio.

    As a final note, I wonder if groups like annonymus are going to get into this debate as well, since most of the hackers i ever met in person, actually always told me that if i like something, i should pay for it.
  • Cats_Pawsince most of the hackers i ever met in person, actually always told me that if i like something, i should pay for it.

    In general that is the main mentality in some of the smaller communities I gather. Example in the anime community from what I gather the unspoken rule is you can "pirate" the content for now but if you like it please buy it when it is released in your region. This seems to apply to some of the other communities as well.

    My biggest gripe is when it comes to movies, pirates seem to get a better quality experience than paying customers. If you buy a DVD you are generally forced to watch commercials, sometimes they get rid of the abillity to skip all of them or if I remember correctly you fast forward and it stops and plays when that 1 commercial is over but will play the next one so it's since and repeat. Menu/Titles button are disabled till commercials are over before you get to the menu, etc. Where as if you pirate it you can typically just get the movie and nothing else with no loss in audio/video quality and with or without subtitles if you look for it and none of the annoyances.

    So for me I definately see why people pirate considering all the annoyances that go with going the legit route for DVDs. But in general the concept of paying for the content is good, I just wish DVD's weren't so annoying. (For the record, I go a different route and use Amazon Prime/Netflix instead of putting up with that BS or trying to pirate)