Center for copyright misinformation

“Remember MediaDefender and MediaSentry?” – I asked in Dammit recently, going on

“Now  meet Mark Monitor.

By way of  an additional alarm “A new alert system, rolling out over the next two months, will repeatedly warn and possibly punish people violating digital copyrights. The Copyright Alert System was announced last July and has been four years in the making,”  says  CNN going on:

“If you use AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon as your Internet service provider, you could receive the first of one of these notes starting in the next two months.

“The Internet provider is delivering the message, but the legwork is being done by the copyright owners, which will monitor peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.

“They use a service called MarkMonitor, which uses a combination of people and automated systems to spot illegal downloading. It will collect the IP addresses of offenders, but no personal information. The IP addresses are turned over to the Internet providers, which will match up the address with the right customer and send the notification.

“The warning system is described as a graduated response. First the Internet provider will let the customer know that their Internet connection is being used do download content illegally. The note will include information to steer them away from their life of crime, including tips on how they can download content legally.”

The same bull shit has been regurgitated by the corporate music industry over and over  and over again, but the  lamescream media never tire  of repeating the same  corporate puff pieces   just as though they emanate from  credible and reliable sources.

Sharing is not now,  and never has been,  the same as stealing.

Earlier ,  I wrote, “Big Music has  inflicted all kinds of misery to to some 40,000 innocent Americans, including young children, accusing them of being criminals and thieves.  Even worse, they got away with it, year after year without letup.

“Under attack  was a dead grandmother, who didn’t even own a computer, a former Vietnam helicopter pilot,  a man living in a homeless shelter — a 12-year-old child, a disabled mother, a woman seriously ill from multiple sclerosis, an elderly home health aide who doesn’t know one end of a computer from another, among many others. And all in the name of copyright infringement.

“Literally hundreds of millions of people shared with each other all day, every day, on a variety of P2P applications, and they still do.

A Chicago student threatened to kill herself after being terrorised by Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG’s RIAA  as part of their sue ‘em all marketing campaign.

“But the labels  demanded, and are still demanding, that  SPs engage in copyright protection as part of their businesses  by targeting their own customers.”

Six strikes and you’re out

Because when it comes to the corporate music cartels, it’s always the same same old  same old.

In its latest iteration, the three strikes ‘graduated response’  scam has been miraculously transformed into  the  six strikes” anti-piracy program.  And now,  “after a couple of delays, it’s set to launch by the end of the year,” says  PC World.

After years of persecuting and terrorising thousands of innocent families and their children across the United States, Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG  are trying another way to to force people to buy their cookie-cutter‘product’.

Their RIAA was, “set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy,” said the Wall Street Journal. Because the RIAA took it as read that ISPs would step right up and act as corporate copyright cops

Says the  copyright misinformation center on its webpage, “ [the] CCI was formed in September 2011 as part of a collaborative effort between U.S. content creators in the movie and music industries and leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to develop a ground breaking Copyright Alert System (“CAS”) and educational framework intended to inform the public about and deter copyright infringement through direct communication with consumers.   (Jill) Lesser  ( the woman in charge) will help lead the group in its work with the partner ISPs and content owners to implement the CAS, which is focused on the inadvertent or purposeful unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content through peer-to-peer networks.”

And not at alll coincidentally,  “Executive Board members of CCI include Vice Chairman Steven M. Marks, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America; and Marianne Grant, Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Association of America;

Now, “The only thing standing in its way is a reluctance on the part of ISPs to start warning subscribers,”  says the story. The first one out of the gate will be seen as betraying the privacy of their subscribers, and they could start to lose said subscribers, says Web Pro News.

The CCI will also be dishing out, “Copyright Alerts, part of a  “progressive educational system to help subscribers understand the significance of protecting copyright in the digital environment, to advise them about the importance of avoiding inadvertent or intentional online distribution of copyrighted content, and to suggest legal ways to obtain digital content”, it says.

“These alerts will be similar to current credit card fraud alerts. Today, when fraud is detected on a consumer’s credit card account, the credit card company notifies the consumer by an email, a text message or a phone call.  Like credit card fraud alerts, Copyright Alerts are intended to be educational for consumers, helping consumers take action to protect themselves, their internet accounts and home networks.

“The Copyright Alert system applies to peer-to-peer* file sharing of digital copyrighted content.  It does not address other possible forms of online copyright infringement involving the downloading or streaming of copyrighted content.  We anticipate, and data suggests, that the educational information provided in an alert will lead to very few subscribers who persist (or allow others to persist) in illegal file sharing.  While subscribers who receive multiple alerts may ultimately warrant a mitigation measure, we expect those measures to be rare.”

Here’s how  it’ll work:

“Under this system content owners (represented by MPAA and RIAA) will notify a participating ISP when they believe their copyrights are being misused online by a specific computer (identified by its Internet Protocol (“IP”) address which indicates the connection to the Internet). The ISP will determine which of its subscriber accounts was allocated the specified IP address at the applicable date and time and then send an alert to the subscriber whose account has been identified.

“The alert will notify the subscriber that his/her account may have been misused for potentially illegal file sharing, explain and why the action is illegal and a violation of the ISP’s policies and provide advice about how to avoid receiving further alerts as well as how to locate film, television and music content legally.

“Alerts will be non-punitive and progressive in nature.

“Successive alerts will reinforce the seriousness of the copyright infringement and inform the recipient how to address the activity that is precipitating the alerts.

“For users who repeatedly fail to respond to alerts, the alerts will inform them of steps that will be taken to mitigate the ongoing distribution of copyrighted content through their accounts.

The current plan is to simultaneously launch the effort across the five largest ISPs in America – Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. These ISPs will begin testing the warning system in November,  says Web Pro News.

According to reports, the CCI hired MarkMonitor to find the identity of alleged pirates.

MarkMonitor  is,  by the way, owned by giant media companies Thomson Reuters.

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