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Six Strikes?
« on: Feb 28, 2013, 08:48:39 AM »
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Six Strikes is here.

Beginning today, AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have all agreed to start spying on their users.

That's right. The US's largest Internet Service Providers are implementing a new "online infringement" plan to identify and punish, with virtually no due process, users suspected of downloading copyrighted content.

Click here to tell the ISPs: no cyber-snooping, no punitive new copyright rules.

After a year of back room dealing with the MPAA and RIAA, the nation's top ISPs have agreed to use the so-called "Copyright Alert System" (or "Six Strikes") to go after customers suspected of file-sharing  

Following a series of escalating warnings, the plan would allow ISPs to slow down, or "throttle," the Internet connection of suspected copyright violators.

And if you want to contest the accusation? That will cost you $35.

Click here to put the ISPs on notice: stop overly punitive infringement policies or we'll take our business elsewhere.

The new plan would jeopardize open and public WIFI networks, and lead to widespread wrongful accusations for those who share a network at home, in a WIFI hot spot, or in the workplace.

Six Strikes is designed to safeguard the profits of America's wealthiest industries by tracking, targeting, and punishing internet users.

Something like this may be needed but for the ISPs to be able to take action without a due process is way out there.  I'm glad I don't have my internet through these "big brother" companies.
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Re: Six Strtikes?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 28, 2013, 08:51:16 AM »
My internet is with Time Warner.  I don't understand what this means for me.

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Re: Six Strtikes?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 28, 2013, 09:09:01 AM »
Sheri, I don't think it has much to do with you or me. I don't download a lot of things, movies, TV shows, books or music that has not been paid for. I don't share a lot of things that are copyrighted.
I do worry about the spying in general, though. My kids wanted me to look up something about  armor piercing bullets. I said I did not want that search on my computer.
When the news talks about things like bomb making being available online, I often wonder how easy it is in reality. But I am afraid to actually look it up because they may come knocking at my door in the middle of the night.
That kind of scary. Probably paranoia. But I really don't need to know enough to get into that stuff. I will stay the harmless little old lady, sitting in my den, wondering.
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Re: Six Strikes?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 28, 2013, 10:47:05 AM »
My internet is with Time Warner.  I don't understand what this means for me.

Like Tina said, it probably won't matter much to you if you don't download copyrighted material.  This is aimed more at the folks that participate in peer-to-peer file sharing.  The details are where it gets scary.  If they are monitoring for file sharing, then they will also "see" everything else.  How many mistakes will they make when accusing someone of doing this?  It's absurd that you will have to pay $35 if you just disagree with their accusation.
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Re: Six Strikes?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 28, 2013, 12:34:31 PM »
My internet is with Time Warner.  I don't understand what this means for me.

Like Tina said, it probably won't matter much to you if you don't download copyrighted material.  This is aimed more at the folks that participate in peer-to-peer file sharing.  The details are where it gets scary.  If they are monitoring for file sharing, then they will also "see" everything else.  How many mistakes will they make when accusing someone of doing this?  It's absurd that you will have to pay $35 if you just disagree with their accusation.
and jim hit the nail on the head.  what else are they looking at?  what about mistakes?  why the $35 charge to contest it?  if you are right and they are wrong - how do you prove it and do you get your $35 back?  i'm not with a big brother company either, but it is unacceptable.  my phones are verizon and i have internet on my phone.  so what happens if i am accused on my phone?  what then?  it is big brother at his finest, but not for control but for $$$$$
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Re: Six Strikes?
« Reply #5 on: Mar 03, 2013, 08:20:20 PM »
I have a Verizon phone too.  Oh man!