MPAA chief wants everyone to know four-strikes-you-are-out anti-piracy scheme lives on, even if SOPA and PIPA are dead

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are two acts that were proposed in the United States Congress as an attempt to fight online piracy. Because of their ruthless nature, the acts met with a lot of backlash from now only Web 2.0 companies but also many ordinary Americans. This backlash eventually convince Congress to not pass the acts, and the acts have since been forgotten (for the most part). And the chairman of Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) agrees.

This past Tuesday former US Senator Christopher Dodd, now chairman of the MPAA, made comments in regards to SOPA and PIPA:

My own view, that legislation is gone. It’s over. It’s not coming back. These bills are dead. They are not coming back

Dodd also let it be known he felt public protest against SOPA and PIPA “was over the top”.

Aside from basking in what could have been, Dodd was sure to mention that anti-piracy cooperation between ISPs and the entertainment industry is moving forward and here to stay. You know, the cooperation that will lead to the disruption of internet access (e.g. throttling the speed of a connection, completely shutting down internet access, or redirection to pages that inform users about piracy) for anyone that has been found to pirate content more than four times. Dodd says these anti-piracy measures are set to begin by the end of the year and he feels the measures are “educational” more than anything else.

If you are curious as to how ISPs will learn that their subscribers are pirating, Dodd provides wisdom on that, too. According to Dodd, ISPs won’t be “backdooring” anything. Rather, ISPs will be informed of infringing customers due to the harvesting of IP addresses from peer-to-peer programs. (Remember that article on how IP addresses are recorded within three hours of pirating something?) This seems to indicate that ISPs won’t directly be monitoring user traffic in search for pirating activities, although Dodd didn’t explicitly say this.

Dum, dum, dum.

[via Wired | image via Mike Licht]

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9 comments

  1. Josh

    IMHO these over-the-top anti-piracy laws are inappropriate. All they are achieving with it, is to feed the big time criminals who will fill the vacuum on a large scale by making and selling huge volumes of cheaper priced, pirated CDs/DVDs.

    And as for those who are savvy enough to do so, I believe they will always find ways to bypass all these measures.

    In the end it is mainly the casual surfer and the legit buyers who will be affected. They will have to cough up the extra money needed to finance this frenzy and, if they do download a few files, they will be caught (because they are not experts at evasion).

  2. Bull

    There needs to be another outcry about this. IP spoofing is a real thing. No one should be punished for someone using/spoofing thier IP address.

    Heck, it’s possible that someone could eventually use Dodds’ address and use it to visit those sites that he hates and use it. I wonder what he would think of his 4 strikes views then?

  3. Josh

    @mukhi:

    I would like to see the USA government do a proper investigation into exactly what it costs these copyright-conscious companies to put a single CD/DVD movie/audio disk on the shelf at the local store and then decide whether they really do need protection. As far as I can make out, most of these industrialists own more horses than they can ever ride, but they persist with their greed and keep screaming with foaming mouths about piracy.

    I do not agree with piracy and I respect their right to be protected in a fair way, but the industrialists, artists and politicians are exceeding the boundaries of fairness with this lopsided debate.

  4. ds5929

    Dodd is a classic example of the utterly corrupt revolving door between government and lobbying. The MPAA should be hauled into court on RICO charges and Dodd and their other lackeys should end up in Federal lockup. I can tell that miserable a-hole now, if he screws with my net connection, I’ll see his mangy ass in court.

  5. Josh

    From where I live, and as uninformed as I am about these things, I do know that I have been to legitimate sites where I could not legally register to do something, because they said that my IP address had already been used, even though I had never seen the site before. This tells me, logically, that other users are allocated the same IP address. Therefore, I shall be punished for the sins of others.

    An IT fellow told me the other day that some ISPs do allocate duplicate IP addresses, especially on undersea cables, or something like that. If that is the case, then I am doomed to hell, it seems.

  6. mukhi

    why does this stupid fellow not understand that piracy can not be reduced unless video/audio companies take the prices down to generally acceptable values?

    look at movie theater ticket price, look at blu-ray price, do those sound reasonable? IMHO, they don’t.

    if that is not understood, and search for the pirates goes on, people will be more and more careful in accessing net (and accessing pirated stuffs) by using self-protecting apps like VPN.