WhaleTech: The next step in Copyright enforcement: Automated violation notifications

This would certainly remove a huge barrier to the Infringement Notice cost argument that the rights holders are struggling with in New Zealand.  That’s if it works properly.  Of course.

Opposing Views reports

Kevin Collier over at the DailyDot claims he’s got it on good authority that the “six strikes” system, officially known as the Copyright Alert System, officially kicks off on Monday, many months later than scheduled.

For whatever reason, the organization behind the program, the Center for Copyright Information, has been insisting for some time that there was no official rollout date, and the various ISPs would be individually choosing when to turn on the random assortment of punishment mechanisms made available to copyright holders based entirely on accusations, not conviction or other proof.

Apparently, what they meant was that everyone would roll it out in a single week, but on different days. Because that makes so much sense.

The ISPs—industry giants AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon—will launch their versions of the CAS on different days throughout the week. Comcast is expected to be the first, on Monday.

So, now we get to watch people get falsely accused, those with open WiFi suddenly have tofear bogus slow downs to their networks and other assorted collateral damage.

Oh, and does anyone actually expect to see a sudden spike in “sales”?

Techdirt comments

The video makes a few blatantly ridiculous claims, including suggesting that they have some foolproof technology for seeing whenever you infringe.

They claim that the system is designed to “support the creative work that we all love and enjoy.”

Which is kind of amusing, since nothing in the system is about giving people a reason to buy.

Just a reason to get pissed off at ISPs and copyright holders for making accusations. I’m sure that’s going to convince so many people to buy.

This will only catch the ignorant and the stupid.  Even in New Zealand the first convictions have been for people who received two warnings and somehow didn’t do anything to avoid the third.

As with many enforcement activities, the ones that really need catching are just too well resourced and too clever to get caught by such tech.


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  • PlanetOrphan

    The idea actually has legs , it’s early days.
    Every content producer and software developer wants to get just recompense for their work, it’s in the software designers best interest to allow a “Global” registration of the media being played, if the os or manufacturer wants to benefit from copywright protection they’ll be using the same registration process.
    As time goes on and “wireless” becomes the norm, it’s possible all devices may have this registration process by default.

    At that point it gets easy to see who is using duplicate ID’s and it’s at the machine/os level.

    Unstoppable bud, all the major software houses are signing up, just a matter of time now.