People who illegally upload and share online digital media like music, movies and TV shows may very soon start receiving warning signals from their service providers for copyright infringement. Those who simply turn a deaf ear to the warning notices may even risk penalties with the simplest being a 48 hour internet shutdown though other penalties could be imposed if the culprit fails to heed to the constant notices. The alert system was created by the Center for Copyright Information which is still working out the methods that companies will be allowed to use in order to catch pirates.
This though is not the first time that the stakeholders in the music, movie and TV industries have tried to fight copyright infringement. The first attempt was through law suits that were common a decade or so ago but this did very little to stop people from illegally swapping digital files online. However, the major players in these industries are now taking a different approach to try and reduce rate at which files are illegally exchanged by internet users. The new system aims at educating internet pirates about the dangers and encouraging them to stop the practice. Read the full story