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Warner Bros: Users of Non Six-Strikes ISPs to be Fined
Special 'Pay Up' Notices Sent to Users on Non-Participating ISPs
by Karl Bode 10:12AM Friday Jun 07 2013
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.

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$20 per infingement, so yea, go ahead and "seed it" for a day. You pay $20 to give it to someone, and they pay $20 for taking it. Its a great plan.

Never a piracy article without Karl endorsing the VPN workaround. You guys go through a lot of hassle just to break the law, it would be easier to simply not do it.

30 years ago I could buy a tape from a friend if he didn't like it. He could buy a new album every week and sometimes he just didn't like what he got so he sold the tape to someone else because he bought the tape, it was his, and he could sell it, sell that something he had.

Today they have convinced the public and lawmakers that the very practice of doing that is not acceptable. You borrow, you rent, you use for a limited time the media you are told you are "buying". They set up systems that detect infringement and deem guilty first then after months of wait deem if the use is fair or not or just let the complaint expire. They treat music and video that is produced by corporations entirely different than music or video produced by individuals. Individuals who are not given copyright enforcement tools, not given legal preference to infringing media use removal, not given an opportunity to have any say in how media is handled over a world wide public data network.

When the majority is not given the opportunity to make the laws they live by and then for some to proclaim how that majority is the bad guy for breaking those laws is just pure ignorance.
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