In the first decade of the 21st century, technology made it possible to download music, movies or televisions shows from the Internet to your computer. Before this, you had to go to a music store physically and purchase an album or CD if you wanted to hear the latest from your favorite artists. With this new technology, the entire scope of how you obtain your music has changed.
But as the technology advances rapidly, unlawful downloading sites also places on a huge number. And with these, internet users who illegally download online could soon receive warning notices from the nation’s five major internet service providers. Consumers who are using peer-to-peer software are the number one target this week of the Copyright Alert System.
Whose IP address has been detected sharing files illegally will be prompt by an Internet service provider with which will be given up to six chances to stop before the warning notice take action.
Furthermore, internet service provider will temporarily slowing their connection, or redirecting Internet traffic until they acknowledge they received a notice or review educational materials about copyright law. Consumers who maintain they have been wrongly accused would be forced to pay $35 to appeal the decision. The fee would be reimbursed if they prevail.
Proponents say the focus is on deterring the average consumer rather than chronic violators. The director of the organization behind the system, Jill Lesser of the Center for Copyright Infringement, said in a blog post Monday that the program is “meant to educate rather than punish, and direct (users) to legal alternatives.”
Each Internet provider is expected to implement their own system. The program gives each customer five or six “strikes” after music or Film Company has detected illegal file-sharing and lodged a complaint. The first alerts are expected to be educational, while the third and fourth would require the customer to acknowledge that they have received the warnings and understand their behavior is illegal. The final warnings are expected to lead to “mitigation measures,” such as slowing person’s Internet connection speeds.
Officials involved in the effort acknowledge it’s unlikely to stop the biggest violators. There are ways to disguise an IP address or use a neighbor’s connection that is unlocked. Public wireless connections, such as those offered at coffee shops, also won’t be monitored.