‘Six-Strikes’ anti-piracy system is powered by the same company that flagged HBO.com for pirating HBO content


I’m sure you all know what the Six-Strikes system is by now, and that it’s set to launch in a few weeks. But what do we know about the company that’s going to be flagging users who share copyrighted content?

Turns out the CAS (Copyright Alerts System) that AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon will all be powered by the same independent company called MarkMonitor. MarkMonitor has developed a program to determine which users are sharing copyrighted material on file-sharing services such as BitTorrent. How effective is this program? Well, let’s just say that it’s not without its flaws.

MarkMonitor’s DtecNet software recently sent out a long report to Google, asking them to remove sites from its search results. What kind of copyrighted material were these sites allegedly sharing? HBO content. Who was the culprit? Why, HBO.com of course. That makes complete sense, as HBO.com probably doesn’t have the right to link to HBO content. Wink. Also thrown in along with HBO.com are sites that simply wrote about shows that were on HBO, like Perez Hilton and Hitfix.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the amount of false accusations regarding copyright infringement skyrocket after the CAS goes live. I personally feel the Six-Strikes system is actually pretty fair, but if they can’t even manage to flag the right users, what’s the point? It’s just a whole other layer of inconvenience for the subscribers involved.

This isn’t a very good sign.

[via Daily Dot]

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