US ISPs propose plans for Copyright Alert System

US Internet service providers (ISPs) are starting to describe how they will implement the Copyright Alert System (CAS) warnings and penalties for illegal file-sharing.

Comcast says that if users do not respond to earlier warnings, it will hijack the browsers of users who persist in illegal file-sharing, making it impossible for them to surf the web. Comcast says it does not plan to terminate users’ Internet access.

Cablevision Systems plans to suspend access for 24 hours for subscribers who continue to engage in illegal file-sharing after a fifth offense. The suspension will be imposed only if users do not call Cablevision.

Verizon has already said that it may throttle Internet speeds for repeat offenders.

AT&T plans to hijack browsers as well and redirect users to an online portal with information about copyright infringement.

CAS does not prevent users from being sued by copyright holders.

It is interesting the way the different US ISPs will go after illegal file sharers.

Comcast is basically cutting you off to a point you can’t check your Email on Hotmail or the weather. Unsure how AT&T’s plan will affect regular surfing.

Cablevision Systems seems a bit odd. Have to wait for the fifth offence and will be blocked for 24 hours and only if they don’t call. Do they then get 5 more tries?

Verizon’s plan seems a more logical way to go.

As for browser hijacking, I guess it won’t make a difference if a third party DNS server is used.

As well, customers found in violation who believe an error has been made may not appeal individual errors until the process has reached the mitigation stage. At that point the customer will pay $35 and will then be informed of the number of Alerts that need to be invalidated to avoid mitigation. The customer may not question errors until the penalty is applied, and then has only 14 days in which to pay the application fee, be informed of the number of errors that must be identified in order to succeed and formally appeal the penalization decision.

Which basically means that even though it is your ISP’s error, you still need to pay $35.

So far, the Canadian government hasn’t copied [surprisingly] the US government. I guess maybe Prime Minister Harper’s kids told him they didn’t want a law.


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