US ’6 Strike’ Rule Starts This Sunday, How Are You Preparing?Submitted by PWA on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 05:50
While UK regulators are trying to move ahead with a 3 strikes rule, US ISPs have cut a deal with rights holders so that they will go ahead with a ‘Six Strike Rule’ in the US. While ZeroPaid had some suggestions for dealing with this, we want to hear from you. How do you plan on dealing with this?
DSLReports is reminding us that the deal between rights holders and US ISPs to implement a so-called “Six Strike Rule” could very well begin this Sunday. From what we’ve seen of how these types of laws or rules come to be, this is much more unique in that it didn’t come about through regulation or government intervention necessarily. Still, that doesn’t necessarily make the rules any less ill-advised.
What exactly is in the six strikes rule for copyright infringement? That depends on which ISP you are referring to. Still, the general rule apparently has been that once a user receives their sixth strike, the ISPs are not obliged to disconnect the user, but by the time they get there, they would have to prove that they have read some industry sponsored content that alleges that file-sharing is somehow harmful to the industry (even though science says otherwise).
If a strike is sent incorrectly to an individual, the burden of proof falls on the consumer who has to pay $35 just to have the strike reviewed. In other words, its a system of guilty until proven innocent. The system also relies on the highly unreliable IP address as proof of any wrong-doing. So, in the advent of connection sharing and Wi-Fi, there is simply no way of knowing for sure that the person behind the IP address is really the person that pays for the connection (or if the ISP subscriber is even aware of what’s going on with the IP address).