What The Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Program Means To You

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Dave

Founder CEO at SMR Hosting LLC
Founder of SMR Hosting. avid privacy buff, volunteer at the Salvation Army, part time gamer and private IT consultant. I enjoy cooking and am an animal lover.

A little over a week ago the Copyright Alert System was set into motion. This system could affect anyone. I am going to tell you what you deserve to know. You have a choice when it comes to the Internet. Remember: A free Internet is the best Internet!

Now, most of you know someone who illegally downloads movies, music, applications, video games, and even pornography. That person may even be you! A little over a week ago the Copyright Alert System (The Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Program) was launched. What exactly is this alert system? Well let me explain it simply put: it is a system that sends an alert to the user when your ISP detects illegal downloads. This system was created by recording and film industries which is being implemented by most large ISP. The five providers that are joining in on this crusade against a free Internet are: Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT&T.

How does this system work?
Content holders will monitor peer-to-peer networks for the illegal sharing of movies, TV shows, and music. Now when these content holders notice suspicious activity they will contact the users ISP, your ISP will then send you a warning message.

So… “Six Strikes”, what does that mean?
Well this is exactly what it sounds like, six strikes and you’re out… well, kind of. After five or six instances, your ISP may take action.

Kind of? What kind of action will my ISP take?
Your ISP will not only spam you with alerts, they can choose to slow your access speed, completely block your access to your most frequently visited websites until you complete a remedial copyright course, you may even be downgraded to a lower-tier of service. Now there is a process that you can go through to file an appeal, but it will cost you $35 every time. However, if you win your appeal, you will get a refund.

Well that’s annoying, what can I do to ensure this does not happen?
It is quite annoying, but you can simply not download! Lately, it has become easier to get around this with paid services like Hulu, Netflix, and HBOGO. Now, I know that some of you are giant movie buffs, extreme music gurus or both! An easy way to get around this for you is to go through a VPN Tunnel A VPN (virtual private network) encrypts all of your traffic and makes your actions undetectable by anyone attempting to inspect your traffic.

Everyone enjoys their privacy, what is worse than the one place you turn to, that you think is free, is being monitored? Just remember that you have options, you are not doomed to lose your insanely fast speeds or pay inconvenient fees out of pocket. There are precautions you can take to make sure none of this happens to any of you. Be safe and happy surfing!

 

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  1. […] A little over a week ago the Copyright Alert System was set into motion. This system could affect anyone. I am going to tell you what you deserve to know.  […]

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