Over the course of the next two months, each participating ISP [*AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon] expects to begin rolling out its version of the [Copyright Alert System] – a system through which ISPs will pass on to their subscribers notices sent by content owners alleging copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks. Educational alerts will come first, followed by acknowledgement alerts that require the recipients to let their ISP know they have received the notices. For accounts where alleged infringing activity continues, enhanced alerts that contain “mitigation measures” will follow.
- Jill Lesser, Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information [more inside]
It seems that previous MeFi post heralding The Year of Net Neutrality
may have been frighteningly accurate. Between the recent CRTC
and the FCC
filings on Bell's illegal throttling practices
in Canada, and FCC ruling against Comcast to "Stop Blocking Internet Traffic
" in the USA, it seems the issue is finally sparking action, and we may be seeing much more to come. For those interested, there is an open-source documentary called Human Lobotomy
which discusses the way this issue weighs on freedom of press and freedom of speech, and also an activist blog, Save the Internet
which promises to stay abreast of the issue.