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Net providers begin warning of illegal downloads

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Net providers begin warning of illegal downloads

  1. 1. ABNEY ASSOCIATES Net providers begin warning of illegal downloads
  2. 2. In the first decade of the 21stcentury, technology made it possibleto download music, movies or televisions shows from the Internetto your computer. Before this, you had to go to a music storephysically and purchase an album or CD if you wanted to hear thelatest from your favorite artists. With this new technology, theentire scope of how you obtain your music has changed.But as the technology advances rapidly, unlawful downloadingsites also places on a huge number. And with these, internet userswho illegally download online could soon receive warning noticesfrom the nation’s five major internet service providers.Consumers who are using peer-to-peer software are the numberone target this week of the Copyright Alert System.
  3. 3. Whose IP address has been detected sharing files illegally will be promptby an Internet service provider with which will be given up to sixchances to stop before the warning notice take action.Furthermore, internet service provider will temporarily slowing theirconnection, or redirecting Internet traffic until they acknowledge theyreceived a notice or review educational materials about copyright law.Consumers who maintain they have been wrongly accused would beforced to pay $35 to appeal the decision. The fee would be reimbursed ifthey prevail.Proponents say the focus is on deterring the average consumer ratherthan chronic violators. The director of the organization behind thesystem, Jill Lesser of the Center for Copyright Infringement, said in ablog post Monday that the program is “meant to educate rather thanpunish, and direct (users) to legal alternatives.”
  4. 4. Proponents say the focus is on deterring the average consumer ratherthan chronic violators. The director of the organization behind thesystem, Jill Lesser of the Center for Copyright Infringement, said in ablog post Monday that the program is “meant to educate rather thanpunish, and direct (users) to legal alternatives.”Each Internet provider is expected to implement their own system. Theprogram gives each customer five or six “strikes” after music or FilmCompany has detected illegal file-sharing and lodged a complaint. Thefirst alerts are expected to be educational, while the third and fourthwould require the customer to acknowledge that they have received thewarnings and understand their behavior is illegal. The final warnings areexpected to lead to “mitigation measures,” such as slowing adpersonsInternet connection speeds.
  5. 5. Officials involved in the effort acknowledge it’s unlikely to stopthe biggest violators. There are ways to disguise an IP address oruse a neighbor’s connection that is unlocked. Public wirelessconnections, such as those offered at coffee shops, also won’t bemonitored.Net providers begin warning of illegal downloads, abneyassociateshttp://abneyassociates.org/page/3/

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