ISPs and content industry end US Copyright Alert System


ISPs and content industry end US Copyright Alert System

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Internet service providers (ISPs), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have revealed that the Copyright Alert System will no longer function.

The Center for Copyright Information (CIC), a collaboration between the content community and ISPs, made the announcement on Friday, January 27.

Members of the centre, which include the MPAA and RIAA, launched the alert programme—which made internet account holders aware that content may have been shared unlawfully using their account.

The programme allowed ISPs to take a range of actions if copyright infringement continued on a subscriber’s account.

These included a temporary reduction in internet speed, a temporary downgrade in internet service tier, and redirection to a landing page for a set period of time.

However, after four years of “extensive consumer education and engagement”, the system has concluded its work.

“The programme demonstrated that real progress is possible when content creators, internet innovators and consumer advocates come together in a collaborative and consensus-driven process,” said the CIC.

The CIC added that the programme had educated many people about the availability of legal content, as well as issues related to online infringement.

“While this particular programme is ending, the parties remain committed to voluntary and cooperative efforts to address these issues,” the statement said. 

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