US nixes site and account blocking in new copyright piracy deal
US internet service providers and copyright holder bodies yesterday signed a voluntary agreement to notify internet users when their accounts are allegedly used to download copyright material illegally.
Users will receive up to six emails warning of the alleged infringement, but there will be no blocking of websites or user accounts, and ISPs will not give out the names of their account holders.
According to a statement marking the event, content theft costs the US economy more than 373,000 jobs, $16bn in lost earnings, and $3bn in lost taxes. No source was given for these data.
The new Copyright Alert System will start to come into effect later this year.
The signatories are
MPAA and MPAA members: Walt Disney, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Universal Studios and Warner Bros
RIAA and RIAA members: Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music, and EMI Music North
ISPs: AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon
IFTA: representing independent producers and distributors of film and
A2IM: representing 283 music label members, small and medium
It remains to be seen how this agreement will affect content aggregators such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, who are not signed up.