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    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...fflaws-beware/

    The nation’s major internet service providers on Monday said they are beginning to roll out an initiative to disrupt internet access for online copyright scofflaws.

    The so-called “Copyright Alert System” is backed by the President Barack Obama administration and was pushed heavily by record labels and Hollywood studios.

    The plan, more than four years in the making, includes participation by AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon. Others could soon join.

    After four offenses, the historic plan calls for these residential internet providers to initiate so-called “mitigation measures” (.pdf) that might include reducing internet speeds and redirecting a subscriber’s service to an “educational” landing page about infringement.

    The plan does not prevent content owners from suing internet subscribers. The Copyright Act allows damages of up to $150,000 per infringement.

    The Center for Copyright Information, the new group running the program, maintains it is not designed to terminate online accounts for repeat offenders. However, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands that internet service providers kick off repeat copyright scofflaws.

    The program monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing services via internet snoop MarkMonitor of San Francisco. The surveillance was to have been deployed sooner. But the various delays included Hurricane Sandy and ISP reluctance to join.

    Peer-to-peer monitoring is easily detectable. That’s because IP addresses of internet customers usually reveal themselves during the transfer of files. Cyberlockers, e-mail attachments, shared Dropbox folders and other ways to infringe are not included in the crackdown.

    To be sure, the deal is not as draconian as it could have been.

    The agreement, heavily lobbied for by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America, does not require internet service providers to filter copyrighted material transiting their networks. U.S. internet service providers and the content industry have openly embraced that kind filtering. The Federal Communications Commission, in crafting its net neutrality rules, has all but invited the ISPs to practice it.

    On a scofflaw’s first offense, internet subscribers will receive an e-mail “alert” from their ISP saying the account may have been misused for online content theft. On the second offense, the alert might contain an “educational message” about the legalities of online file sharing.

    On the third and fourth infractions, the subscriber will likely receive a pop-up notice “asking the subscriber to acknowledge receipt of the alert.”
    I would imagine that a simple VPN service would circumvent this kind of user surveillance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ought Six View Post
    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...fflaws-beware/

    I would imagine that a simple VPN service would circumvent this kind of user surveillance.
    theres many ways to go around this idiocy. What is truly scary is how quietly and quickly this was passed and mandated for ISPs on behalf of corporate lobbying. Its a nice tool to snoop on citizens, search patterns, etc, all in the name of safety and security and preventing piracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamazz View Post
    theres many ways to go around this idiocy.
    True enough.
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    What is truly scary is how quietly and quickly this was passed and mandated for ISPs on behalf of corporate lobbying. Its a nice tool to snoop on citizens, search patterns, etc, all in the name of safety and security and preventing piracy.
    The big telecoms have always been in bed with Big Brother. I am quite sure that it was made perfectly clear to smaller providers what would happen to them if they failed to fall in line.

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    We've had this running in NZ for about a year now (but only 3 strikes). Copyright holders have to pay a NZ$25 fee to the ISP to investigate and send the infringement notice. Now $25 vs the Billions and billions of dollars piracy is supposed to be costing them - or even the $$ hundreds of thousands that a single downloader is supposed to inflict - isn't much right? Yet the sum total of infringement requests for movies to date - big fat zero. It seems that $25 is in fact more than the piracy is worth to the Hollywood rights owners.

    The music industry on the other hand has had a couple of thousand notices sent and even had a few (very small, no more than $800) fines awarded.

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    This explains why Hollywood is in the band wagon against the Bill of Rights and why typing response time in text boxes seems to be slower every day.

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    So are they going to do this for p[*******#000000]o[/COLOR]rn as well? Then we may get our revolution after all.

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    Take away the **** and you'll have any Joe Merican marching to the nearest fed office singing Die Wacht Am Rhein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ought Six View Post
    So are they going to do this for p[*******#000000]o[/COLOR]rn as well? Then we may get our revolution after all.
    Better starting resting our right hands, gents. May need them for something other than pulling our puds. lol

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