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Comcast rumored to be considering adding to Copyright Alert System

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Posted August 7, 2013

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Variety is claiming it has sources that confirm that Comcast is considering adding another feature to the Copyright Alert System (CAS) implemented last February by Comcast and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The new feature is said to be a pop-up that alerts users to the fact that they are attempting to download copyrighted material illegally and provides links to legitimate sites as an alternative.

The CAS is an initiative spearheaded by the Center for Copyright Information (CCI)—a group that came together to help fight pirating of video content such as movies and television shows. After members agreed to terms, the CAS was implemented last February and is continuing to run. Also known as the “six strike” rule, the system tracks user download history and matches it with IP address provided by content makers. When a user is suspected of downloading a file illegally, they are sent an email or other type of message. After six such messages (strikes) the ISP begins to limit bandwidth for the user as punishment. Thus far the system has been met with a lot of criticism, primarily from users who report being mistakenly targeted. In this new initiative, Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S. appears to be researching ideas to help alleviate the problem of pirating by providing its customers with a legal alternative.

Read more at: Phys.org

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