We previously told you about the Copyright Alert System (CAS), a voluntary collaboration between internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T and copyright owners in the music and movie/TV industries.
The CAS is meant to address piracy through a system of alerts sent to internet users suspected of downloading unauthorized music and whatnot. Last week, we heard rumors that Monday, Feb. 25 (today) was the day — this has now been confirmed by the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), the organization tasked with overseeing the program.
There still isn’t a lot of information about specifics, but we assume that the CAS will include notices sent to subscribers, as well as some punitive measures including slowed internet speeds for repeat offenders. The last time we kicked the tires on these proposals was in March 2012. Back then we concluded that the CAS was essentially an education program, with multiple warnings before any penalties kick in. We were glad that the program wouldn’t be used to kick users off the internet, but could only wait and see whether these mitigation measures would have a meaningful impact on piracy.
Here’s our initial breakdown of what the CAS would do, based on the provisions we understood to be most likely a part of the program:
As longtime supporters of a legititmate digital marketplace where musicians are compensated and fans can find the music they want, our best hope is that the CAS encourages the use of licensed music platforms that pay creators. We’ll be tracking.