Right Now: Subscribers to Non-6 Strikes ISPs Could Face Massive Penalties…

It’s a detail that could easily be overlooked by the lay subscriber.  And, worse, confuse the entire lay of the subscriber land.  According to details unearthed Friday by Torrentfreak, subscribers to ISPs not participating in the freshly-created, ‘6 Strikes’ enforcement initiative are still vulnerable to massive infringement fines.

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Warner Bros., with Digital Rights Corp acting as enforcer, is currently sending letters demanding $20 cash settlements per infringement, while dangling fines of up to $150,000 per stolen work.  “Yes. Warner Bros. is working with Digital Rights Corp on a test ISP/subscriber notification program to many ISPs that are not participating in the Copyright Alert System,” a Warner spokesman told TorrentFreak.

“The notices give consumers an opportunity to settle the identified infringement for a very nominal sum of $20 per title infringed–not as a measure of damage, but as a concrete reminder that our content has value and as a discouragement of future unauthorized activity.”

But at least you don’t have to watch an anti-piracy instructional video!

7 Responses

  1. Visitor

    I asked the company earlier today if they work with independent artists as well.

    And they do!

    Now, this is extremely interesting…

  2. Yves Villeneuve

    This is probably more effective than CAS. I thinking cutting off their Internet until the nominal fine is paid is more public relations friendly than threats of 150k lawsuits. This Internet shut-off until fines paid should be mandated under law. Of course, the infringer would have the ability to appeal…don’t see how their appeal will pass when they are caught red-handed though.

  3. Visitor

    If only they implemented this say…ohhh…i dunno…maybe 13 YEARS AGO!

    • Visitor

      Not sure if you’re ironic, but it doesn’t matter.

      This initiative is awesome:

      1) Artists can use the service free of charge — Digital Rights Corp keeps 50% of the ‘fines’ and you get the rest.

      2) $20 per infringement is extremely reasonable.

      3) Pirates don’t lose their internet and they don’t go to jail.

  4. Casey

    Reasonable, but this won’t be very effective. Many of the remaining ISPs are ISPs that feel obligated to protect customer data. You can’t charge people $20 per infringment if you don’t know who they are. You can take the ISP to court every time, but that is hardly worth it for $20. Especially since the ISPs win more often than not.

    I can think of some ISPs that don’t even get copyright notices. They get incorrectly sent to their upstream provider who then discards them. Goodluck getting the customers of those ISPs to pay up.

    • Visitor

      “You can take the ISP to court every time, but that is hardly worth it for $20.”

      We’re not talking about $20 when it ends in court.

  5. hmmm

    I wonder if NSA’s PRISM includes torrents and other pirated data.