04 February 2017

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RIP CAS Six Strikes Copy Alert System dies

RIP CAS Six Strikes Copy Alert System dies
The CAS framework was established on July 7, 2011 after 3 years in the making.
After multiple delays, ISPs began implementing it in late February 2013

The system died on January 27, 2017

The controversial 'six strikes' Copyright Alert System for piracy warnings has been shut down.
The Copyright Alert System (CAS), known as the "Six Strikes" program has come to an end and won't be renewed. "Six Strikes" was a pact among internet service providers, movie and TV studios, and record labels that was aimed to alert copyright infringers in 6 steps.

The CAS was an anti-piracy partnership between the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and their partner ISPs.

In February 2013, five of the largest internet service providers (ISPs) began implementing the Copyright Alert System (CAS). They were AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOs. Together, they control 71% of the USA internet.

As part of the program, copyright holders would monitor peer-to-peer networks for piracy. When they found a pirate the content owners would alert the relevant ISP. The ISP would then send a warning to the Internet subscriber suspected of pirating copyrighted content.

There were six warnings in total they escalated from a mild warning to a requirement that you acknowledge the mild warning, sometimes by viewing anti-piracy material. These two stages—warnings 1 through 4—were known as educational and acknowledgment alerts.
Stages 5 and 6 were mitigation alerts that could mean Internet speed throttling, requiring subscribers to contact their ISP, or perhaps viewing some more anti-piracy educational material online.

Statement on the copyright alert system
Date – January 27,2017
The below statement was released today by the members of the Center for Copyright Information on its program, the Copyright Alert System:
“After four years of extensive consumer education and engagement, the Copyright Alert System will conclude its work. The program demonstrated that real progress is possible when content creators, Internet innovators and consumer advocates come together in a collaborative and consensus-driven process. CAS succeeded in educating many people about the availability of legal content, as well as about issues associated with online infringement. We want to thank everyone who put in the hard work to develop this program and make it a success, including past and present members of our Advisory Board. While this program is ending, the parties remain committed to voluntary and cooperative efforts to address these issues.”

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