Six-strikes plan will be used to control piracy

The U.S. authorities are making a new attempt to stop piracy in the music industry by implementing the so-called “six-strikes” plan.

The plan allows major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to work as copyright police, monitoring the web activity of their customers. When a subscriber starts downloading copyrighted material illegally, his ISP will send him an “educational” notice saying that illegal activity has been linked to their account. If the illegal activity continues, then the ISP will send “confirmation” notices to make sure that the subscriber has received the original notices. If the activity still continues, then the ISP can throttle the web’s access speed or even cut off the internet connection, at least until the subscriber agrees to stop the piracy.

Each individual ISP will have to work out a database, so that it can keep track of the notices, subscribers, infringers etc. and apply this to its own particular network. That is why, at the moment, some of the providers are close to completing the project and some are a long way from there.

But still there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. For example, what about smaller providers? Will they be willing to cut off their subscriber’s internet connection? And there is still a lot of talk about putting government restrictions on the internet, let alone depriving subscribers of their internet connections altogether.

The new plan is said to be implemented by July 12, 2012.

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