A couple of days ago, the “six-strikes” Copyright Alert System was officially launched in the US. But until now, all we’ve known about the system are the details of how it works and the ISPs that will be participating. We haven’t seen what an actual alert looks like.
Ars Technica has solved this problem by reaching out to all the five ISPs that will be participating in the program. But out of the five (AT&T, Verizon, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast), only Comcast responded. They provided Ars with copies of actual alerts, giving us our first glimpse of what they’ll be sending out to infringing accounts.
Interestingly, the alerts are sent to users’ comcast.net email addresses and shown in a pop-up window in their browser. Ars Technica notes that if a user maintained a constant VPN connection and does not check their comcast.net email account, they could actually say that they’ve never received any alerts, or at least not seen them.
Also, you’ll notice that while Comcast did provide copies of the alerts, they only did so for alerts 1, 2, 4 and 5. But if they’re anything like Verizon’s policy, and they most likely are, then it’s most likely due to those alerts containing the same language that you’ll find in the ones provided.
The first alert is what you see above, and here are the rest:
[via Ars Technica]