ISP 'Six Strikes' Plan Delayed?
Still Likely to Be Implemented 'Later This Year'
by Karl Bode 12:24PM Tuesday May 22 2012 Tipped by Revcb
Last summer major ISPs including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Cablevision signed off on a new plan by the RIAA and MPAA
taking aim at copyright infringers on their networks. According to the plan, after four warnings ISPs are to begin taking "mitigation measures," which range from throttling a user connection to filtering access to websites until users acknowledge receipt of "educational material." As you might expect, that educational material's chapter on fair use rights likely won't exist. It had originally appeared that ISPs would begin their job of playing content nanny in earnest starting in July, but according to recent statements by the entertainment industry, it appears the effort may be delayed
TorrentFreak asked the CCI about the upcoming target date, and their response suggests that things may take longer than expected....“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." In other words, it’s taking more time than expected. That said, the CCI did inform us that they have finally selected a third-party company that will be responsible for monitoring BitTorrent swarms.
Coordinating the effort across not only industries but ISPs is obviously going to be difficult, as is trying to ensure that the plan isn't met with a wave of anti-consumer sentiment given the myriad of potential pitfalls. The plan (as it has been revealed) has been slammed for having numerous problems
, including relying on the IP address as proof of guilt, placing the burden of proof on the consumer, while forcing users to pay a $35 fee if they'd like to protest their innocence. Another worry is that while the pan likely won't help stop piracy, it will wind up driving up the costs of broadband for everyone.