The 6 Strikes Rule Now Being Enforced
The Six Strikes rule is the first phase of implementation of the Copyright Alert System as outlined by the Center for Copyright Information. That center is the love child of major ISP’s, the RIAA, and MPAA and, as you can imagine, it has caused quite the controversy. That controversy is in part due to the nebulous circumstances in which it came about.
Who Does it Affect
If you are downloading music from sources that you didn’t pay to receive that content then this probably has you a bit concerned (or looking additional ways to hide your tracks). Watch the video below to get an idea of how the warning system works and the penalties that you may receive as a result of your activity.
They seem benign at first until you realize that you can be sued if you are particularly active.
What Should You Do
The internet has been abuzz with people trying to get petitions signed, different ways of circumventing the watchful eyes of your ISP, to begging groups like Anonymous to take action. Whether or not the 6 strikes rule will have any real lasting effect is yet to be seen but it is pretty clear that things will likely get uglier before getting better.
As with anything, be careful of what you are doing in the wilds of the net because you are being watched. No matter if you are doing something construed as being illegal or just surfing youtube, know you are being tracked. Start getting familiar with proxy services, vpn’s, and the like because there are many “big brother’s” out there.
Let me know what you think of all this in the comments below. Are you for tighter copyright controls or does a world free from intellectual property laws seem more appealing?