THE OBSCENELY HIGH PENALITIES OF DOWNLOADING MUSIC
The Center for Copyright Infringement (CCI) began implementing a LESS STRINGENT POLICY regarding Internet piracy in October of 2012
But lawmakers and media companies have not always treated pirates with kids gloves
Here Comes The CCI
What is the Copyright Alert System?
The CCI partners with Internet Services Providers to deliver piracy notifications to violating Internet users.
Some of these ISPs include:Comcast
- Time warner
CCI goal to to
- Inform users more effectively about violations
- Legal path to get content and
- Potential punishments
The CCI uses a system called “MarkMonitor" to scan users' IP addresses in search of illegal activity
Through a series of six notifications, the CCI attempts to inform the user of their violation(s) and the legal channels through which to get the content they've stolen.
Shortly after, the RIAA offered a $4,500 settlement to the accused pirate
In 2012, Thomas-Rassets damages exceeded $1.5 million.
The companies then appealed the decision and requested the district court find a different way to apply the $675,000 in a manner that eliminated concerns.
Especially the new legal paradigm is quantity is quality
More than 220,000 users have hit with such suits since 2010
The violations are based on IP Tracking
Tracking someone’s ip address is seldom a good identifier of their internet activities
This has a legal president, as magistrate judge Gary R Brown in network throw out a piracy case siting the fallibility of IP Tracking.
Users are thus caught in a self perpetuating ring of litigation
- They must either pay up
- Or have reputations destroyed by fighting the suit
Many content producers have begun an entirely new process for punishing pirates.
This new system swaps high-profile litigation for mass numbers of smaller lawsuits.
Essentially, the new legal paradigm is quantity over quality.