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Download at your own risk- Copyright Alert System


Some of the biggest U.S. ISPs AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon – holding 75% of US residential Internet service – will embrace the Copyright Alert System, a policy of warning alerts and measures that ISPs will force on their customers when copyright holders accuse them of pirating content. Copyright Alert System -expected to roll out by the end of 2012- will have initial emphasis on movies, television shows, and music. Redirecting web browsers to a landing page or forcing users to watch educational videos will be some measures before disconnecting service or starting legal actions to stop reported piracy. Even though there are plenty of scenarios where someone could be accused of piracy without committing it, the content industry doesn’t care whether the alleged sharing is deliberate or inadvertent. Small businesses with free Wi-Fi will find themselves subject to the Copyright Alert System when users download or access copyright materials without permit. For file-sharing use VPN or proxy services and lock your wifi Internet service warning customers using your network. Statistics from statista.com shows that in USA, the commercial value of unlicensed software amounted to $10.96 billion and the global revenue losses caused by software piracy in 2011 is $58.754 billion. Next time, double check before downloading any material from Internet.


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