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Hurricane Sandy damage blows 'six strikes' rule into 2013

updated 08:24 pm EST, Wed November 28, 2012

Late 2012 implementation testing hampered by storm damage

Center for Copyright Information (CCI) head Jill Lesser has announced in a blog post that the much-criticized "six strikes" copyright enforcement warning system will not be implemented until early 2013. Previously scheduled to begin in December of 2012, damage from Hurricane Sandy affected the organization's testing schedules with Internet service providers.

Lesser posted that "[the CCI's] goal has always been to implement the program in a manner that educates consumers about copyright and peer-to-peer networks, encourages the use of legal alternatives, safeguards customer privacy, and provides an easy-to-use independent review program for consumers to challenge alerts they believe they've received in error. We need to be sure that all of our I's are dotted and T's crossed before any company begins sending alerts, and we know that those who are following our progress will agree."

The CCI's role is to educate the public about copyright laws and inform of the consequences of any potential violations. Staff will gauge the effectiveness of these actions, the ability of companies identifying violators, and attempting to bring new ISPs into the fold. File sharers will be told how and where they can get music and movies online legally.

The advisory board of the center will ultimately have some representatives from technology companies and organizations who are critical of copyright laws of movie studios and record labels, although how balanced this will be is unclear. Movie and music industry heads have often been reluctant to accept concepts suggested by critics, such as beliefs that not every pirated copy is a lost sale or that proposed laws like PIPA and SOPA might be overreaching.

by MacNN Staff



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