Online copyright enforcement system launched in the U.S.


Starting 25 February 2013 many Internet users in the U.S. will be subjected to a new online copyright enforcement system – the so-called Copyright Alert System. It will be implemented by five largest Internet service providers*.

The system is designed to fight against traditional household online piracy. How will it work and what will be the consequence for regular users?

The system will include software that will scan the content transmitted by the user to detect copyright protected data. In case of uploading such data, the system will inform the user that use of such content is illegal and will require the user to stop the practice. Should the practice repeat again, the system will get to the next steps such as force the user to complete an educational program online. Finally, after five to six warnings the system may slow the users’ Internet access speed so that it becomes uncomfortable to use the Internet and practically impossible to carry on with the illegal use of copyrighted material.

The new U.S. system does not require Internet service providers to cut off Internet access to repeat offenders as it is several other countries such as New Zealand and France.

More information on the Copyright Alert System is available here.

*Participating Internet service providers: Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Cablevision and Time Warner.

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