After a series of delays, the six strike system is finally all set to roll out to make ISPs punish their customers. The Six strike system is designed to prevent/discourage copyright infringement within the United States. The six strike system works with a concept of throttling the speed of the internet connection in the hopes of discouraging the end user to infringe on copyright material and even forcing educational videos about copyright infringement from the anti-piracy groups.
Its video presentation emphasized that under any circumstances, it will not share private information to the companies that filed copyright infringement complaints, although ISPs are ending up playing the role of a “policeman” in this system.
As of now, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner who are associated with its large media partners and are no strangers to throttling speed seem to look like its early adopters and even formed a group called “Center for Copyright Information”, but this system was supposed to go online by this week. The reason it wasn’t able to do so was due to Hurricane Sandy which lead to issues with testing servers that got knocked offline.
The CCI even started its own website and started its promotional video on YouTube (that manage to achieve an amazing milestone of receiving 4400 dislikes) which it lead to believe that the new will system will be online by next week.
According to the six strike system, the first warning has no actions, but later on ISP’s will be sending more warnings about acting on the copyright infringement. The CCI stated that there will be a $25 filing free which maybe waived if one can meet the affordability criteria, but the fees would be refunded if the challenge is successful.
However, real estate owners and Wi-Fi cafe owners are concerned about this system as it would be near impossible to keep an eye on customer activities all of the time. So the only choice they have is to quit their business deals with the following ISP’s mentioned above and get a local ISP for their customers, but if more ISPs sign up with CCI, it’s not possible to avoid this system.