The accidental pirate

Date:1 November 2011 Tags:

Unless your kids are sneakily downloading movies on BitTorrent, then, no. The USA’s new Copyright Alert anti-piracy system is a standardised warning system, designed by ISPs and that country’s Centre for Copyright Information – a coalition of film, music and TV companies – targeted at people who actively share content illegally.

The new system works like this: a content owner notifies an ISP that one of its users is hosting illegal material on BitTorrent or a similar service; the ISP warns said pirate that he’s been caught; if the pirate doesn’t cease and desist, the ISP throttles his connection to 56K modem speeds until he does.

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