The Daily Dot reported on Friday that an unnamed source has confirmed that the Six-Strikes Copyright Alert System (CAS) will go into effect on Monday.
The system was conceived in the summer of 2011 when five major ISPs (Verizon, AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, and Time Warner), along with the Motion Picture Association of America, formed the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).
That organization has since planned to launch the CAS to “educate consumers about the importance of copyright protection,” or throttle internet service to those infringing on digital media copyrights.
The system, reportedly beginning on Monday, would issue escalating warnings to consumers downloading or trafficking content illegally, followed by service restrictions (though never termination of service).
A bit offensive
Each of the participating ISPs is planning to approach the warnings outlined the CAS differently, with Comcast expected to be the first on Monday.
According to the CCI’s website, some users may be infringing on copyrighted content without even knowing it, and this system will “educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again.”
Naturally, one of the major concerns might be the use of public wifi for illegal activity, for which the CCI has a loose answer.
A post on the CCI website says that businesses internet connections aren’t subject to the same restrictions as residential, but they may receive alerts if their accounts are used to upload or download copyrighted content illegally.
Torrent-enthusiast sites like TorrentFreak have already suggested means to circumvent the CAS, like using proxy sites and VPNs.
The CCI hopes to rally more ISPs to its cause to prevent these practices and leave no safe haven for online copyright infringement.