Six-strikes piracy alert system being rolled out in the US

The copyright alert system, targeted at copyright infringers, was first announced in July, 2011

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

Consumers whose accounts have been used to share copyrighted content over P2P networks illegally, or without authority, will receive alerts that are meant to educate rather than punish, and direct them to legal alternatives, Lesser said.

After six alerts, which are largely described as educational, the alerts will result in "mitigation measures," which will not however result in an account termination, according to CCI. Users may instead face a temporary reduction of Internet speed, redirection to a landing page until the primary account holder of the account contacts the ISP, and redirection to a landing page where the primary account holder must review and respond to educational information. ISPs have an option of modifying the provisions, but cannot terminate accounts as a mitigation measure.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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