Friday, July 06, 2012

ISP's start monitoring agreement with media companies July 1; ordinary users could be watched now for copyright infringement

CNN has a story by Douglas Rushkoff about a new plan that goes into effect this month, called “the Center for Copyright Protection”, where ISP’s will monitor users for copyright infringement, mainly illegal downloads, proactively.

The technical details are in this article.

One problem could be secondary liability, where people allow neighbors to use their wireless connections, or don’t have (strong) passwords on their routers.

People are supposed to get successive warnings for violations.

A version of the “agreement” between ISP’s and the studios (at Public Intelligence) is here. 

Cnet has a story, saying the measures were to start July 1, and include progressive “mitigation measures” which can lead to account termination.  (This sounds like "progressive discipline" at work, leading to firing.) Conceivably, someone could be blocked from future Internet access, although that’s a bit unclear.  The CNET link is (website url) here

The mechanism is viewed as an alternative to SOPA. 

Google provided a link, headline for the CNN story today for account holders when signing in. 

CNET has a secondary link asking whether ordinary users have anything to fear.  It’s like an unclear chess position. 

While this has started, my own Comcast access has been down because of the DC area storm, and I have been getting by on wireless.   Service is supposed to be restored today. 

One concern could indeed be false accusations.  Would a user with a paying Netflix subscription or proof of legal consumption of media (even credit card purchases or regular movie or other media event tickets) be in better stead?  Are users with no P2P software completely OK? "Is it safe?"

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