Recently, a deal was made between most of the USA’s Internet service providers and the entertainment industry called the “6 Strike Plan.” As per the plan, if any clients to the ISP are caught “infringing copyrights,” they get six strikes, all with an alert: The first and second are emails with some helpful tips for securing your network and doing things legally; the third and forth are some sort of system to make sure that you read and understood that your network is being used to “infringe copyrights;” the fifth and sixth alerts are so-called “Mitigation Measures,” which will probably either throttle down or completely disable your Internet connection for a while.
I made a mention of it to my friend Foxdog, who knew how to spell it out a lot better than I could. The conversation went like this:
[4:12:36 PM] Dżej: So apparently that thing I’ve been fighting for the past several months went through. :I
[4:12:36 PM] Dżej: Not as a law but as an agreement.
[4:12:59 PM] Dżej: 6 strike policy or something like that.
[4:13:10 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: :O
[4:13:54 PM] Dżej: It’s the government making deals with ISP’s, where after you do anything deemed “infringing” 6 times, your service gets played with.
[4:14:17 PM] Dżej: It’s up to the ISP’s to decide what is “infringing.”
[4:14:47 PM] Dżej: And the punishments are at the ISP’s discretion too.
[4:15:58 PM] Dżej: So that YouTube video I know you watched yesterday, POOF, your Internet is suddenly at a crawl!
[4:16:39 PM] Dżej: The policy was announced only yesterday.
[4:17:08 PM] Dżej: Luckily that’s *probably* as far as they can go as a response to “infringing” acts.
[4:17:21 PM] Dżej: *”infringing copyright” 6 times
[4:17:30 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: @_@
[4:18:27 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: And this is for the WHOLE country?
[4:19:13 PM] Dżej: Not the whole country, but people with certain ISP’s.
[4:19:43 PM] Dżej: Comcast, AT&T, I think Sprint (they’re an ISP, right?) and I don’t remember the rest.
[4:20:28 PM] Dżej: Another lucky bit is that it’s not universal. c: If your service is turned down or off by one ISP, you can switch to another ISP just fine.
[4:43:46 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: So, this effectively means that the US has ordered all Fan Sites to die. Lovely. Chalk another one up for the Freedom-of-Speech-hating Uncle Sam.
[4:47:55 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Which may also mean that SL will be annihilated. Fan Sites will die because they have wallpapers, pictures, and other stuff that may or may not have been copyrighted, and the only way for Fan Sites to avoid it is if they either have one of the members of the copyright holder’s party in control of their fan site or if they have explicit permission to use the copyright holder’s content. So, I download a nice picture off of a Fan Site and my Internet f**king dies.
[4:59:03 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: A study was done that showed that many people will only download music off of Web Sites/Fan Sites/etc. if they cannot legitimately purchase it on Amazon or on iTunes, or something like that. In fact, I think that was in the news sometime recently. This “6 Strike Fuck-You-Over Policy” means that iTunes WILL have to consolidate ALL of its stores into one global store in order to justify going after those who want music from Japan, the UK, or elsewhere that is not on the US iTunes. Game developers will be forced to release all of their soundtracks on iTunes and on every store as well in order to justify going after Fan Sites with Video Game Music, YouTube videos that have Video Game Music, and even people who simply wanted to listen to Video Game Music for personal, non-commercial, reasons. This “6 Strike Policy” is a disgrace. By fucking over innocent customers’ Internet connection, ISPs will lose their customers and die. The major ISPs have commited voluntary suicide in a vicious, mindless attempt to purify their image. If this were true of SL, every noob who ever came across stolen content and didn’t know that it was stolen would be fucked over. Fear and fucking customers over will be the ISPs’ demise.
[5:11:31 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: One site I read said that the “educational” stuff is absolute BS. Most of it is made-up in a desperate attempt to fill innocent people with a false sense of guilt. The numbers are wrong and not even close to factual. One download does not equal lost profit. For Fan Sites, one download equals endorsement for what the Fan Site is about, thus raising anticipation for what the Fan Site is about, and, subsequently, the sales of what the Fan Site is about. Fan Sites EXIST for people who love what the Fan Site is about. They exist in order to endorse and promote what they are about. Now, infringement is bad, but this is not the way to go about getting rid of it. If ISPs truly want to get rid of copyright infringement, they shouldn’t look at the people who are downloading infringing content, but they should be looking at the companies who make the content. Or, they should look at the sites that are providing the content and look at them carefully and see what they aim to do. Sites that provide free music that can be purchased on iTunes should be taken down, but Fan Sites should be excused on the grounds that Fan Sites aim to endorse a product.
[5:13:08 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: The Six Strike Policy is suicide. Major ISPs will find that they’ve just screwed themselves over by screwing over innocent people. Zero-tolerance is never the way to go because there are always exceptions.
[5:13:49 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: …I’m done. <>
[5:14:17 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Wooooow, that Public Speaking class and my time blogging sure did pay off 😀
[5:16:39 PM] Dżej: Do you mind if I use what you said? c: With credit of course.
[5:18:01 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: xD
[5:18:17 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Sure c:
[5:18:39 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: Here’s teh articles ah read:
[5:18:41 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: http://www.geek.com/articles/news/u-s-isps-sign-up-for-six-strike-policy-on-piracy-2011077/
[5:18:57 PM] Foxdog Pawpad: http://www.zeropaid.com/news/94265/assessing-americas-6-strike-regime/
He hit a little close to the proposed 3-strikes laws (of which I cannot say he’s even heard of), but most of what he said is a very possible situation even as it currently stands. Scary as that may be, there is speculation that this deal is being used as a gateway to get the aforementioned laws passed, and Big Business is pushing 125% to make such laws get through Congress. That fact, of course, only helps to justify the rejection of the laws. If they were a good idea, they probably would not feel the need to push so hard since they would have the support that they need right off the bat. In fact, quite the opposite is true: Hundreds of thousands of people are actively protesting against the laws, whether it be by petition, letters to congressmen or simply spreading the word. This is obviously the last thing that the government — let alone the ISPs themselves — should be dabbling in.