Remember when everyone got all hot and bothered because the current administration was going to force all the ISPs to monitor and punish every ‘copyright’ violator that uses the Internet? (Will the poody heads win?, Are you going to let the poody heads win?, Fighting CISPA, Big loss for SOPA – or is it?)
Congress has tried several tactics to get an Internet Censorship bill passed, and each time they’ve got more and more sneaky about it. If you’ve worn yourself out worrying that you might miss their next move, you can rest easy. Instead of waiting for the law to pass, most of the ISPs are going ahead with the process anyway.
The Center for Copyright Information announced it will be releasing their Copyright Alert System (CAS) soon. CAS delivers infringement notices to ISP users that illegally download copyrighted material. After an initial warning, internet service providers can terminate service and charge a fee to reconnect.
In order to effectively deploy the alert system, the CCI partnered with AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, each of which will utilize their own version of the CAS. The Copyright Alert System detects illegal downloading with a mix of humans and automated processes provided by “brand protection” firm MarkMonitor. The CCI specifies that neither MarkMonitor nor content creators have the ability to obtain personal customer information. The overall goal of the Copyright Alert System is to inform customers rather than punish them, with the CCI stating that it is “designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again, and provide information about the growing number of ways to access digital content legally.”
Just like the telephone companies who handed over all your information without waiting for the required ‘FBI Letter’, I guess ISPs just want to be seen as “good citizens”…
Source: The Verge