ISPs Issue 1.3M Copyright Warnings to U.S. Consumers

In the first 10 months of the Copyright Alert System (CAS), Internet service providers have already sent out 1.3 million warnings to people suspected of violating intellectual property laws by downloading pirated material. The MPAA, RIAA, and five major American ISPs have implemented the system, which was created by the Center for Copyright Information.

The CAS uses a tiered warning system. Initially, educational notes are sent to consumers, but over time, the warnings can escalate into action against the person receiving them. There are six levels in total and since the CAS has only been active for a short period of time, the majority of warnings going out to consumers are only educational.

A Lot of Copyright Infringement

Avoiding detection by an Internet service provider is not difficult. Using a virtual private network will generally let people download pirated content without being detected. This means that the statistics reported Thursday by the Center for Copyright Information represents just a small portion of the pirating taking place. In the U.S. alone, 722,000 people received one strike during the past 10 months and around 570,000 individuals were caught downloading files multiple times.

The repeat-warning rate is significantly lower in other countries. France, for example, has a 9 percent repeat-warning rate, whereas the U.S. is at 30 percent. Additionally, more than half those who receive a second warning end up receiving a third, and that trend continues all the way through the higher alert levels.

The Center for Copyright Information is adamant that these warnings do discourage piracy and the group says that the statistics prove that. In reality, however, it is not known if people are halting their downloading or if they are just avoiding detection.

"We are encouraged by the initial data from the Copyright Alert System's first 10 months suggesting that the program has...

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