The Copyright Alert System and Six Strikes

Friday, February 01, 2013


Sometime in the next few months, the five major US Internet Service Providers will implement what is called the "Copyright Alert System," known colloquially as "six strikes." Brooke talks to Jill Lesser, Executive Director of industry group the Center for Copyright Information, about how the six strikes program will work.


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While I agree with the majority of your statement,insofar as material for which the copyright has expired is difficult, if not impossible, to find. Large corporations are almost certainly the only beneficiaries of these types of stringent, invasive "legislation".These behemoths are unwilling to admit that the business model they're trying to perpetuate is not reflective of their market. Piracy is not going away.Its sneaky (I prefer furtive) nature makes it more nimble and adaptable to changes/regulation like this.This,I think,will be viewed as more of a dare than a hurdle.Its implications are more far reaching than just copyright protection,also.The companies associated are being given a license of their own to monitor what you and I are doing on the internet.You wouldn't allow a stranger to read over your shoulder while you made entries in you diary(I know this is hyperbole),but in effect this is a chink in your privacy armor.If passed it will lead,inevitably, to further restrictions.History shows,also,that once power is given it's harder to take back than it was to grant.Change the model because it's smaller than the market.

Feb. 25 2013 03:49 AM

First, a bit of a rant.
Start of rant:
Copyright was originally designed to grant creators a limited-time interest in their creations. Today, it is designed to give creators a guaranteed income stream for their lives, the lives of their children, and the lives of their grandchildren. Asserting that such protection is necessary to ensure that artists write, sing, create is absurd. (Is there a living poet anywhere who can support herself on income received for her poetry? Has anybody totalled up the amount of free fan fiction on the web?)

But the other aspect of the law that frustrates me is the lack of a loophole, for want of a better word, for works that are out of print. If creators are not actively engaged in making their products available for purchase, they should have no right to claim copyright protection.

Google's book digitization project, for ex., has been repeatedly stymied, and readers have been hurt, by the need to find authors of "orphan" works. It should be the authors' and/or publishers' responsibility to maintain a copyright by keeping a book in print, not Google's to hunt for said writer/publisher.
End of Rant.

How does this relate to music? I occasionally run across a song, usually in some old program on TV, that I want to buy only to discover it can't be bought, anywhere, in any form (MP3 or CD). Yet I can almost always find said song on a file sharing site and, yes, in those circumstances I have downloaded it. I know I am breaking the law, and I, quite frankly, don't like the risks associated with such sites, but what choice does the industry give me?

Am I depriving the writers, singer, band, producer an income stream? No. They can't get any money from me because they have not given me any way to purchase their music.

Some people would violate even a sane copyright system, but I suspect that a portion of the violations that occur today happen because, as with out-of-"print" work, the violators think the problem is with the system.

Feb. 04 2013 01:30 AM

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