Six Internet Strikes

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By Joshua Ostrer

This Monday marks the first day of existence for the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).

CCI signifies a collaboration between the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and five of America’s largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The ISPs that signed on to CCI are: AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.

These service providers cover 75 percent of all U.S. Internet customers.

What does CCI do? CCI will be operating their “Copyright Alert System,” which consists of content providers reporting individuals, who they believe to have stolen copyrighted information online, to service providers, who will then send a warning to the Internet user.

The alert to the user is intended to “make accountholders aware,” “educate accountholders on how they can prevent copyright infringement” and “provid[e] customers information about ways to access digital content legally,” according to CCI’s website.

But does any of this actually matter? Yes it does.

When an ISP warns you that you have downloaded copyright material, you receive a strike.

What does a strike mean? While as of yet, none of the participating ISPs have outlined what exact action they will take. They might  include: “A temporary reduction in Internet speed, a temporary downgrade in Internet service or redirection to a landing page for a set period of time” (restricting you from accessing the Internet).

CCI has some powerful tools in its hands, and what it actually does with them remains to be seen.

For more information on how CCI will conduct its Copyright  Alert System, go to copyrightinformation.org.

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