Friday, September 14, 2012

"Six Strikes" rule (effectively) on illegal downloads, enforced by telecomms, may go into effect by end of 2012


The Center for Copyright Information now says that the consumer “education program” (which it says should not be called a “six strikes program”) will launch by the end of 2012.  Earlier reports had said it would launch this summer on July 1.

Consumers would get educational warnings and could be forced to watch videos or pass tests if they have a record of infractions, or face shutoff. 

One troubling idea could be that a home router could be hijacked, since the range of these devices can be hundreds of feet.  Passwords might not be strong enough. 

Cyrys Farivar has an article in Ars Technica (“not baseball”) here.
  
Whimsically, I recall a “one strike” rule in high school gym class softball back in the 1950s.  I actually “pitched” a “shutout” under those rules in May 1959.
    
There is an important story about a big defamation lawsuit against ABC News by a food company. That will be looked at soon.

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