ISPs Now Monitoring for Copyright Infringement By David Kravets 02.25.13 2:04 PM
The nation’s major internet service providers on Monday said they are beginning to roll out an initiative to disrupt internet access for online copyright scofflaws.
The so-called “Copyright Alert System” is backed by the President Barack Obama administration and was pushed heavily by record labels and Hollywood studios.
The plan, more than four years in the making, includes participation by AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon. Others could soon join.
After four offenses, the historic plan calls for these residential internet providers to initiate so-called “mitigation measures” (.pdf) that might include reducing internet speeds and redirecting a subscriber’s service to an “educational” landing page about infringement.
The plan does not prevent content owners from suing internet subscribers. The Copyright Act allows damages of up to $150,000 per infringement.
The program monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing services via internet snoop MarkMonitor of San Francisco. The surveillance was to have been deployed sooner. But the various delays included Hurricane Sandy and ISP reluctance to join.
Peer-to-peer monitoring is easily detectable. That’s because IP addresses of internet customers usually reveal themselves during the transfer of files. Cyberlockers, e-mail attachments, shared Dropbox folders and other ways to infringe are not included in the crackdown.
To be sure, the deal is not as draconian as it could have been.
The agreement, heavily lobbied for by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America, does not require internet service providers to filter copyrighted materialtransiting their networks. U.S. internet service providers and the content industry have openly embraced that kind filtering. The Federal Communications Commission, in crafting its net neutrality rules, has all but invited the ISPs to practice it.
On a scofflaw’s first offense, internet subscribers will receive an e-mail “alert” from their ISP saying the account may have been misused for online content theft. On the second offense, the alert might contain an “educational message” about the legalities of online file sharing.
On the third and fourth infractions, the subscriber will likely receive a pop-up notice “asking the subscriber to acknowledge receipt of the alert.”
The use and research of the earliest studies of subliminal stimulation were by Poetzl (1917) and later by Fisher (1954), who exposed individuals to visual stimuli that were below the level of perceptual awareness. The techniques because of the advancement in electronic components to produce these subliminal messages or stimuli productions has drastically improved. The work I did years ago in several videos had very compelling results especially from one that was a popular movie, modified with hundreds of images imbedded of toilets and urinals, the results were outstanding. The topic is very subjective so here is a host of "links" of the pros and cons of research related to subliminal stimulation to which most is older but being aware that a lot has been unfortunately restricted or omitted from search engine results. The push from several groups and organizations on the sounds and words are protected by the First Amendment has been a stumbling block for enforcement on a complete ban on subliminal messages or stimuli.
There is something that is related to the media we all use needing to be aware of at least in the United States that it is illegal to use Subliminal messages in advertising products also it is "ONLY" a deceptive practice to use this tactic on one without their knowledge of it and is an invasion of privacy at the very least. There are numerous legislation's that prohibit advertisers from using subliminal messages in their ads. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Act Sec 5 – “prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices in interstate commerce.”The TV Code of the National Association of Broadcasters (IV, 14) states: “Any technique whereby an attempt is made to convey information to the viewer by transmitting messages below the threshold of normal awareness is not permitted.” The most potentially effective regulation is made by the U.S. Treasury Department, Division of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). It states: Subliminals are inherently deceptive because the consumer does not perceive them at a normal level of awareness, and thus is given no choice whether to accept or reject the message, as is the case with normal advertising. ATF holds that this type of advertising technique is false and deceptive, and is prohibited by law .
When researching the existing United States laws on using "Subliminal Stimuli" [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subliminal_stimuli ] The present laws for subliminal messages or stimuli are basically originally set up for "sales" of products when this technique was used years past in movies prior to the end, flashing images to boost sales at the concession stand for soda, pop corn, hot dogs, hamburgers, candy, cigarettes (ATF), alcohol (ATF) and was "SO" effective they banned it's use for product sales.
What we have now has absolutely no laws of protection on non-commence ideological ideas or beliefs added subliminal messages or stimuli flashing images of bloody hands, dead children, people in poverty, prominent people in compromising positions with weapons or covered in blood, as examples.
My problem is not so much the American public, manufactures, groups and organizations but protecting us "FROM" the US Government, political parties and labor unions. As I mentioned before Just the thought of going to a political rally with back ground music and a big screen TV video playing with a honey pot of subliminal messages or stimuli to subconsciously influence you and everyone else should make one pause.
My goal is to totally "BAN" all subliminal messages or stimuli everywhere in a LIVE or RECORDED setting and just not for SALES of products but for everything. The debate on how it could or can be done is in all the American citizens interest because it's a deceptive practice to use this tactic on one without their knowledge of it and is an invasion of privacy.
I guess in some way you could call this a new government regulation but how to regulate the US Government for our protection is another subject. I do like your idea on some software that can be used to help find these in recorded media, but "LIVE" events or rally's with music and videos playing is something else.
Just remember subliminal messages or stimuli laws appear not to have been changed since 1985 and as a example the MUSIC and VIDEO game industry is wide open with "NO" regulations at all, not one. There isn't really any punishment for those whom use subliminal messages or stimuli either.
So what I've done is made a official petition at the "White House" for all United States citizens, public consideration and approval, others may feel to do the same in their countries too.
We Petition the Obama Administration to:
To expand and consolidate the ban of subliminal messages or stimuli from the existing laws
To expand and consolidate the ban of subliminal messages or stimuli a technique whereby an attempt is made to convey information to the viewer or listener by transmitting messages below the threshold of normal awareness, from the existing laws to include all product goods and service advertizing commerce plus non-commerce views and beliefs of Personal, Governmental, Political, Environmental, Labor Forces, Manufacturing, Groups and Organizational subject matter.
This ban expansion to include all visual and audio media types and outlets such as TV, CATV, Satellite, Radio, Internet formats such as YouTube type videos, Streaming Broadcasts and Down-loadable Media.
The law should make subliminal messages or stimuli more than a deceptive practice and is an invasion of privacy.
Created: Jan 12, 2013 Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Consumer Protections, Human Rights
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