Some U.S. broadband users will soon start receiving unexpected -- and likely unwelcome -- notices from their Internet service providers. Launched Monday by the Center for Copyright Information and its record label partners, the long-awaited Copyright Alert System will send notices to alleged peer-to-peer infringers via their ISPs. Record labels will begin sending out notices generated to ISPs over "the next several days" and ISPs will forward those notices to its customers, wrote CCI executive director Jill Lesser in a blog post announcing the Copyright Alert System launch.
The CCI member companies include Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. The RIAA and the MPAA are also CCI members.
The system allows content owners to send infringement notices to subscribers via the ISP but the way each ISP deals with infringement will vary, according to details previously shared by the CCI. Infringers will first receive educational alerts and will be followed by alerts that require the infringer to acknowledge receipt of the notices. Continued infringement may result in what Lesser called "mitigation measures" such as mandatory review of educational measures and temporarily slowed Internet service.
The Copyright Alert System is not like other anti-piracy programs in other countries. Because it is not a "three strikes" program, infringers will not face termination of their Internet service. And because it is a market-led solution, there are no criminal penalties or fines for the most serious offenders.