(PRWEB) July 26, 2012
Referred to as the “6 Strikes Rules” by many, it has been announced that the newly developed and formed Center for Copyright Information’s, (CCI,) copyright Alert System, (CAS,) would become active on July 12th, the first announcement. But later, Cary Sherman, RIAA CEO, announced at a convention that some of the ISPs would be ready to go live on July 1st, with the others joining in soon after, and again the 12th was mentioned. But the 1st has come and gone, as has the 12th, and as far as anyone has been able to determine, the system still hasn’t been implemented.
TorrentFreak reports though, that they have some answers to the delay in implementation. According to their report they asked questions of the correct persons and got answers. Originally, the program was announced early last year, with representatives for the entertainment side of the organization saying implementation in about a year. Then the announcements, and when quizzed, a CCI spokesperson said, “We do not intend to launch until we are confident that the program is consumer friendly and able to be implemented in a manner consistent with all of the goals of the MOU. We expect our implementation to begin later this year.” Their spokesperson also said that dates mentioned in their MOU, (Memorandum of Understanding,) were not solid deadlines, but “guidelines” intended to keep motivation at a high level, and get the system up and running, “as quickly as possible and in the most consumer friendly manner possible,”
The Copyright Alert System, (CAS,) is a system of monitoring internet users data transfers for possible illegal content downloading. The system has a 4 warning/education letters, then escalation to “mitigating measures” can be taken. “Mitigating Measures” are a list of punitive actions ranging from upload/download throttling, to a temporary suspension of services. According to the CCI website the only people that need to worry are the P2P and Torrent users, but Michael Maxstead, VPNReviewz CEO, said “In order for them to effectively eliminate cases of piracy, the ISPs will have to monitor everything, that everyone is doing.” He also asserts that even though most of the system is automated, the data that is stored by the ISPs could become available to employees, or hackers.
The delay that was announced without a new implementation date comes close on the heels of the Allen & Co. convention. The invitation only event, dubbed the “Summer Camp For Moguls,” allowed no reporters, and information about deals made and discussions had at the convention has been thin. And among the Usenet, P2P, and Torrent communities rumors are circulating that the delay coming after the moguls meeting isn’t a simple coincidence. Some are discussing the possibility that RIAA and the MPAA could have convinced more ISPs to enlist in the system. VPNReviewz CEO takes the “we’ll see” attitude about this, “but” he says, “the opportunity was there, and the system is already almost fully developed…” So far, only 5 of the largest ISPs in the US, AT&T, Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision, and Verizon, has enlisted in the program, with the moguls meeeting deals receiving almost no journalistic media attention.
The so called, “Summer Camp For Moguls” was attended by the biggest and brightest stars in the entertainment and internet industries. Heads of Google, Apple, Facebook, Viacom, YouTube, and many other high tech, and entertainment moguls. And while there were a lot of tensions among the participants, there were opportunities to “bury hatchets,” and forge the groundwork for new and innovative methods to obtain the goals that haven’t been legislatively obtainable up to this point. Cary Sherman has been quoted on many blogs as saying the legislative approach to obtaining their goals was no longer “attractive.”
It’s true, that the delay being caused by the addition of ISPs to the CCI rolls is only speculation at this point. But the speculation that shows the direction that the internet is starting to take. VPNReviewz maintains that the only way to truly guarantee personal anonymity and privacy is to use a personal VPN provider. In this way the underpaid employees and hackers that do manage to gain access to your records will only get a garbled mess of encrypted transmissions instead of your passwords and log in information.