Comcast Praises Voluntary Crackdown Agreement

As reported by TorrentFreak Comcast was talking up their impending July implementation of a system to punish P2P users that allegedly download copyrighted material.   Other identified participants are Cablevision, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable.

Will there be an appeal system or a transparent evidence based system?   If history is any lesson it will likely be very automated, cast a wide net and have the presumption of guilt.  One could get a letter for downloading their own content or for something that is clearly fair use.

From the article:

One of the key speakers at the event was Gerard Lewis, Vice President of Internet provider Comcast, who informed participants about the upcoming copyright alerts system that will become active in three months.

The system will be managed by the Center for Copyright Information, and is the result of a voluntary agreement between copyright holders and all major ISPs that was signed last summer.

Under the agreement a third-party company will collect the IP-addresses of alleged infringers on BitTorrent and other public file-sharing networks. The ISPs will then notify these offenders and tell them that their behavior is unacceptable. After six warnings the ISP may then take a variety of repressive measures, which includes the option to cut off the offender’s connection temporarily.

A VPN prevents the eavesdropping, false claims and interruption in service.


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