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Copyright Alert System (CAS) Launched. One Copyright Infringement Attorney’s View

Last week, Major ISPs in the United States, such as AT&T, Time Warner, Verizon, Comcast and others rolled out the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System (CAS).  The system is designed to notify consumers of any unlawful content sharing that has occurred on their internet account,  educate them on how they can prevent copyright infringement, and provide consumers information on how to access digital content legally. Here is one copyright infringement attorney’s perspective on the new system:

Copyright infringement on the internet is rampant with lawyers and clients scrambling to identify infringing copyright protected material and issuing in mass Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices.  The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is a U.S. Anti-Piracy and Copyright Protection measure developed and deployed by the Center for Copyright Information.  This is a group of ISPs, including AT&T,  Cablevision, Comcast,  Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, as well the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The goal of the system is to alert users when they may be infringing third copyrights in order to reduce the volume of copyright protected works being infringed and, as importantly, the use of bandwidth across ISP networks which are being heavily loaded by the download of infringing movies and audio files.

Will the Center for Copyright Information’s Copyright Alert System work?  From this copyright infringement Attorney’s point of view, this system will work only if it can accurately identify potential copyright problems without annoying users.  At some point, consumers will simply ignore the alert if they don’t believe they are accurate.  Of course, you only get so many strikes before your internet is turned off.





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