I picked up the Wall Street Journal Tuesday and was greeted with an article detailing the new internet environment that most Americans will face. Google News is now tracking hundreds of stories on the “6 strikes” or Copyright Alert System that we’ve been warning against since last year.
As a reminder this is a system where the MPAA and RIAA will inform your ISP (Verizon, Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T, etc) that you have downloaded an allegedly copyrighted item from a peer to peer network. What happens next varies by provider (Mashable has a nice summary). Regardless of the ISP the end game is severe throttling of service or disconnection of service. It has been reported that appealing an “alert” will cost $35.
Possible solutions are:
- Don’t do illegal things on Bit torrent: This is not a 100% solution since public domain or fair use works are frequently misidentified as copyrighted
- Don’t use Bit torrent: This is a poor solution for those desiring large files in a timely manner
- Use BTGuard or another IP/DNS hiding mitigation strategy: Costs under $10 a month and only protects again Bit torrent monitoring
- Change to a nonparticipating ISPs: You’d still be open to possible lawsuits using the same CAS mechanisms
- Use a VPN: This option can cost the same as BTGuard and protects again all threats. The fear being that the ISPs will switch to deep packet sniffing once the currently publicized method proves ineffective. A VPN not only changes your IP address, but encrypts your traffic making it unreadable by even your ISP
Good luck and good night.