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US Launches Piracy Warning System

US ISPs have launched a system designed to flag customers committing online piracy and possibly limit repeat offenders’ Internet access. AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have adopted the Copyright Alert System, which will let movie and music studios send notices to individuals thought to be using peer-to-peer services to illicitly download protected content. Proponents say the citation system, which the Center for Copyright Information created, would educate users about piracy. In some instances, a user would receive information about legal alternative sources of content. Participating ISPs could reduce Internet-access speeds for users who get six piracy warnings or interrupt service for those who don’t respond to alerts. Users who think they were issued alerts erroneously could have their cases reviewed independently. The Center for Copyright Information planned to launch the Copyright Alert System earlier, but Hurricane Sandy delayed testing and deployment when it hit the US East Coast last October. (PhysOrg)(USA Today)

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