If you thought that you could escape the watchful eye of the entertainment industry by signing up for an ISP that doesn't cooperate with the entertainment industry's new six strikes initiative
, think again. According to Torrent Freak
, users on ISPs who aren't part of the six strikes program are receiving DMCA notices from Warner Brothers with a little special extra twist -- a settlement offer of $20 per infringement that users can quickly pony up to receive "legal release" for the offense.
This is how the warnings being sent are worded:
"Your ISP has forwarded you this notice. This is not spam. Your ISP account has been used to download, upload or offer for upload copyrighted content in a manner that infringes on the rights of the copyright owner. Your ISP service could be suspended if this matter is not resolved. You could be liable for up to $150,000 per infringement in civil penalties...If you click on the link below and login to the Rightscorp, Inc. automated settlement system, for $20 per infringement, you will receive a legal release from the copyright owner.
Warner Brothers has confirmed to the website that they are sending "pay up" notices to users on ISPs who haven't signed up for "six strikes" (in essence, everyone not using Verizon, Cablevision, Comcast, AT&T or Bright House Networks). As Torrent Freak notes, some users who have paid RightsCorp for one offense, may suddenly find themselves being asked to pay for others
once their name and phone number are in the system.
Granted there's still nothing that prohibits any user on any ISP from dodging these alerts entirely by signing up for a BitTorrent Proxy or VPN service and hiding their activity from their ISP and entertainment industry surveillance companies. Just don't be surprised if you see a very strong push from the entertainment industry to have these services made illegal before long.