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Post by Samt03 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:41 pm

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-57397452-261/riaa-chief-isps-to-start-policing-copyright-by-july-1/

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NEW YORK--The country's largest Internet service providers haven't given up on the idea of becoming copyright cops.

Last July, Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other bandwidth providers announced that they had agreed to adopt policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software. Since then, the ISPs have been very quiet about their antipiracy measures.

But during a panel discussion before a gathering of U.S. publishers here today, Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said most of the participating ISPs are on track to begin implementing the program by July 1.

Supporters say this could become the most effective antipiracy program ever. Since ISPs are the Internet's gatekeepers, the theory is that network providers are in the best position to fight illegal file sharing. CNET broke the news last June that the RIAA and counterparts at the trade group for the big film studios, had managed to get the deal through--with the help of the White House.

Sherman told attendees of the Association of American Publishers' annual meeting that planners had always said that setting up an antipiracy program like this could take a year. He told CNET following his panel that the process isn't as easy as turning on a switch.

"Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system," Sherman said. They need this "for establishing the database so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice. Every ISP has to do it differently depending on the architecture of its particular network. Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion."

The program, commonly referred to as "graduated response," requires that ISPs send out one or two educational notices to those customers who are accused of downloading copyrighted content illegally. If the customer doesn't stop, the ISP is then asked to send out "confirmation notices" asking that they confirm they have received notice.

At that time, the accused customers will also be informed of the risks they incur if they don't stop pirating material. If the customer is flagged for pirating again, the ISP can then ratchet up the pressure. Participating ISPs can choose from a list of penalties, or what the RIAA calls "mitigation measures," which include throttling down the customer's connection speed and suspending Web access until the subscriber agrees to stop pirating.

The ISPs can waive the mitigation measure if they choose and not one of the service providers has agreed to permanently terminate service.

The partnership with the major bandwidth providers was years in the making and the deal pumped lots of confidence into the entertainment sector. After the White House and state and federal lawmakers showed support for the deal, leaders at the RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) believed they had the momentum to get antipiracy legislation passed in Congress.

They were wrong of course. The Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act were run off the rails mostly by the tech sector. It will be interesting to see how the tech sector reacts once accused Internet pirates begin having their Web access suspended.
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Post by melodiccolor on Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:07 pm

Ah here we go again, the next attempt. They will keep trying of course until something holds.

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Post by Nucky on Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:12 pm

ISPs already do this and have been for years. They seldom take action unless it involves something extreme like child porn.

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Post by melodiccolor on Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:26 pm

The way I understand it Nucky, they only do when a warrant is provided now. They don't actively police the net. The change is they would and decide what is an offence or not for an entire household and have the ability to decide penalties with no recourse. In effect, they become judge and jury.

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Post by anarkandi on Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:40 am

That was actually an argument for massive surveillance laws in Sweden. "The goverment is already spying on everyone in secret, if we legalise it, it won't be as big of a power abuse since it's out in the open."

It was a bad argument. Very Happy
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Post by waterdragon7 on Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:28 pm

There are several technical solutions to this potential problem. Just one, posted here over a year ago by Ishkabibble, is:

https://ixquick.com/

This company is based in the Netherlands, but has another link which is on servers in New York. So I'm uncertain as to how vulnerable they might be to legal requests from either corporations or government agencies based in the U.S. OTOH, they state they do not log your ip address.

Also, an interesting aspect of this search engine is the vast majority of the results now offer a "proxy" link, which continues the https protection while you read the website. However, it does have some limitations, such as javascript not working under the https protection. But it has proven quite useful to me, even with some limitations.






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