Entertainment cartels vs. their own customers

broRemember MediaDefender and MediaSentry? — I asked in  October this year.

I went on,  “Now  meet Mark Monitor.

“You may recall an effort on the part of the Center for Copyright Information to start a six-strike warning system for repeat copyright infringers, says Web Pro News, continuing.

“The plan called for tracking of Internet users and calling them out when they were found to be downloading copyrighted content. The warning system was to be put in place last year, but has been delayed numerous times. Now it looks like it may finally be launching before the end of this year.

The  six-strike system is reportedly ready  to go.

Now,  “Internet users who illegally share music, movies or TV shows online may soon get warning notices from their service providers that they are violating copyright law. Ignore the notices, and violators could face an Internet slow-down for 48 hours. Those who claim they’re innocent can protest – for a fee,” says the Associated Press,  going on »»»

For the first time since a spate of aggressive and unpopular lawsuits almost a decade ago, the music and movie industries are going after Internet users they accuse of swapping copyrighted files online. But unlike the lawsuits from the mid-2000s – which swept up everyone from young kids to the elderly with sometimes ruinous financial penalties and court costs – the latest effort is aimed at educating casual Internet pirates and convincing them to stop. There are multiple chances to make amends and no immediate legal consequences under the program if they don’t. 

For ‘spate’ read ‘vicious campaign.’

 AP continues »»»

The Motion Picture Association of America estimates some 29 million people have downloaded or watched unauthorized movies or TV shows online, mostly using technology such as BitTorrent, a popular peer-to-peer protocol. Like its counterparts in the music industry, the MPAA says it believes people will stop when they understand it’s illegal and are redirected to legal ways of paying for downloads.

The alert system “will help ensure an Internet that works for everyone by alerting families of illegal activity that has occurred over peer-to-peer networks using their Internet accounts and educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again,” Michael O’Leary, an executive for the MPAA, said in a statement Tuesday.

A primary question is whether the system will generate a significant number of “false positives,” or cases in which people are accused of sharing illegal content but aren’t. One scenario is if a person doesn’t encrypt their wireless connection, leaving it open to a neighbor or malicious hacker that swaps illegal files. Another example might be if a person uploads a “mashup” of songs or brief scenes from a movie – content that wouldn’t necessarily violate the law but could get flagged by the system.

The Center for Copyright Information, which created the alert system, is responsible for producing the methods that companies will be allowed to use to catch pirates, but it said Tuesday it won’t release those details publicly. It said the system will rely on humans to review the entire content of every file to make sure it qualifies as material protected under copyright laws.

Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose.

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