It has been reported that the Copyright Alert System (CAS),
thought to be DOA, has been given new life and is reported to be in
use by at least one participating ISP in the US, with others
reported to be implementing the system in the coming days and
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CAS is a voluntary system that is being implemented in an effort
to reduce the massive and growing problem of online piracy. It is
intended to be an industry response rather than ISPs being subject
to draconian legislation such as the proposed and withdrawn SOPA
(Stop Online Piracy Act) or other legislation intended to address
the problem of online piracy. The CAS is intended to target online
pirates with a three-tier, six strikes system, with each level
consisting of two warnings before escalating to the next level.
The way the levels work is to let the user know that "Big
Brother" is watching with the first two warnings being
"educational alerts" to direct them to legal content
providers, the second two requiring the user to acknowledge they
have been caught before being able to reengage their browser and
the third level resulting in the ISP reducing bandwidth or blocking
access to particular websites. The CAS website has been recently
updated with a new video advising what it is and how it works.
There is sure to be lots of pushback from consumers once they
start to get notices under this system, which really only targets
the more casual pirate behaviour, as more sophisticated users will
know how to easily circumvent these measures through proxy servers,
VPN accounts, or sites such as the new Mega.co.nz, which allows
users to upload files anonymously. The CAS also relates mostly to
file sharing piracy and does not really address the growing issue
related to piracy of live streaming.
Critics will decry the CAS as being an unwarranted restraint
that gives too much power and authority to content owners with
insufficient oversight, but in reality it only offers a Band-Aid to
a very serious problem that needs to be addressed through
Any step that creates a hurdle to users engaging in online
piracy is welcome news to content holders. It remains to be seen if
any similar steps will be taken by Canadian ISPs to protect content
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