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AT&T's Version of Six Strikes Launches November 28
Will Include Walled Garden and 'Education' Campaign
by Karl Bode 10:40AM Monday Oct 15 2012
Leaked documents suggest that AT&T will begin their "six strikes" entertainment-industry anti-piracy campaign starting on November 28. Efforts to tame user piracy will vary slightly by ISP (ranging from filters and throttle to potentially severed connectivity) and will be spearheaded by the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). Leaked documents, obtained by TorrentFreak, indicate that AT&T's version of the plan involved putting users who get more than four or five warnings into a walled garden where access to certain websites is restricted until they complete an "online education tutorial on copyright" created by the entertainment industry. It's not clear what websites will be blocked, but it's likely the most common sources of pirated material (like Pirate Bay):
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When repeated infringers try to access certain websites they will be redirected to an educational page. To lift the blockade, AT&T will require these customers to complete an “online education tutorial on copyright”. The training does not give any information on what sites will be blocked temporarily, but it’s mentioned that “access to many of the most frequently visited websites is restricted”. What the copyright education tutorial entails remains a mystery.
AT&T's training documents go on to indicate that all other ISPs will be implementing their own versions of this plan on the same date. The plan has been heavily criticized by numerous groups including the EFF, in large part because it assumes guilt, the industry's "education" material will be highly skewed (surely there will be a fair use chapter, right?), and users have to pay a $35 fee if they want to contest the accusation of piracy. There's also no real indication that the plan will work -- with most users simply moving to proxies or VPNs to avoid the spying eyes of their ISPs.

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Go Colts
Fort Wayne, IN

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reply to IowaCowboy

Re: Simple way to avoid copyright issues

said by IowaCowboy:

If it's copyrighted, pay for it and download it from a legitimate source such as iTunes or Netflix.

Holy shit! Why hasn't anyone mentioned this before? I mean, it's such an easy solution! It's gotta work.

Now that we have that one out of the way, lets tackle some of the other issues with simple way to avoid...
...affordable health care issues - Don't get sick
...abortion issues - Don't get pregnant
...unemployment issues - Get a job
...national debt issues - Pay off our loans peace issues - Stop fighting

Iowa native
Springfield, MA
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If it's copyrighted, pay for it and download it from a legitimate source such as iTunes or Netflix.

Illegal downloading is a high tech form of shoplifting as it is similar to shoplifting a CD or DVD at Best Buy or Target. Downloading illegally is basically theft in my book.
I wish I still lived in Iowa; Everything there from rent and groceries to Cable TV is much cheaper in Iowa (especially with an overbuilder in town).