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Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other bandwidth providers announced that they had agreed to adopt policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software.
But during a panel discussion before a gathering of U.S. publishers here today, Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said most of the participating ISPs are on track to begin implementing the program by July 12.
"Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system," Sherman said. They need this "for establishing the database so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice. Every ISP has to do it differently depending on the architecture of its particular network. Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion."
The program, commonly referred to as "graduated response," requires that ISPs send out one or two educational notices to those customers who are accused of downloading copyrighted content illegally. If the customer doesn't stop, the ISP is then asked to send out "confirmation notices" asking that they confirm they have received notice.
At that time, the accused customers will also be informed of the risks they incur if they don't stop pirating material. If the customer is flagged for pirating again, the ISP can then ratchet up the pressure. Participating ISPs can choose from a list of penalties, or what the RIAA calls "mitigation measures," which include throttling down the customer's connection speed and suspending Web access until the subscriber agrees to stop pirating.
The ISPs can waive the mitigation measure if they choose and not one of the service providers has agreed to permanently terminate service.
Those poor bastards over there. i saw a report on cnn about 3 weeks ago on their working conditions over there. unbeliveable. They talked to one woman who lived in kind of a dorm room with multiple other people. She'd been there for 6 months and didn't even know the name of the people she was living with. She worked for apple. So yeah everybody, keep buying the latest and greatest from apple. As long as your needs are satisfied F everbody else. Right?
Originally posted by Wertdagf
Who cares if chinese people are jumping off of buildings to avoid work tomorrow, .edit on 16-3-2012 by Wertdagf because: (no reason given)