New Copyright Alert System Will Hurt Small Businesses Who Provide Free Wi-Fi, Says DC Fawcett

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Brandon, FL (PRWEB) March 01, 2013

Fawcett is furious that the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have teamed up with five major U.S. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement a new Copyright Alert System that can hurt small business owners who provide free Wi-Fi .

DC Fawcett explained, “Basically, if some cyberpunk is bootlegging the latest track from Eminem while hanging out at the local coffee shop that provides free Wi-Fi for its customers, it’s not the hacker who we’ll get the heat, but the business owner and the rest of the customers who will suffer. That just isn’t right.”

An article published by Entrepreneur, says the anti-piracy plan could slow, or even stop public Wi-Fi for businesses if unauthorized content is found to be downloaded at their establishment.

The Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, which act on behalf of big-name movie studios and recording labels, have teamed up Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision to help enforce their new plan.

Under the new plan, these participating ISP’s promise to monitor unauthorized content being downloaded at businesses that offer free Wi-Fi as incentive to lure customers. If unlicensed downloads are suspected, the account holder or business owner would get a warning.

DC Fawcett commented, “Listen, I’m all in favor of protecting copyrighted material, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of a business owner who’s trying to provide extra value for people who visit their business by providing free Wi-Fi. It make no sense at all.”

The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) is the collaboration of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), as well as independent filmmakers and record producers represented by the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), and 5 major Internet service providers – AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon according to its website.

CCI Executive Director Jill Lesser told TorrentFreak in a comment that most alerts will go to private customers, but that some businesses are indeed affected.

The Center for Copyright Information says these ISPs can “take steps that temporarily affect that subscriber’s internet experience.” These steps can include a temporary reduction in internet speed or downgrade in internet service.

It could also mean redirecting users to a landing page for a set period of time, until the subscriber contacts the ISP, or until the subscriber completes an online copyright education program.

DC Fawcett added, “What’s even worse is if a coffee shop or restaurant owner’s Wi-Fi gets shut down by mistake, and they want to appeal the process, they have to pay $ 35 just to file the appeal. My advice to business owners offering Wi-Fi for their customers would be to find another internet service provider before any hassles occur.”

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