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[ NNSquad ] Report: Comcast working on new anti-piracy scheme, moving beyond "Six Strikes"

Comcast working on new anti-piracy scheme, moving beyond "Six Strikes"

http://j.mp/1b7DXfl  (ars technica)

     Comcast is developing a new scheme to combat digital piracy in the
     United States, according to a new report from Variety. The country's
     largest cable operator "has begun preliminary discussions with both
     film and TV studios and other leading Internet service providers about
     employing technology, according to sources, that would provide
     offending users with transactional opportunities to access legal
     versions of copyright-infringing videos as they're being downloaded."

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Prediction: If ever implemented as described, this system will fail in
its intended purpose. It assumes that (1) Users won't be immediately
scared off by the pop-up, thinking it's a fake or trap of some kind,
(2) That casual downloaders of this content have enough interest in it
to pay for it from any source (most associated downloading is purely
opportunistic and doesn't actually represent lost sales, despite
industry claims to the contrary), and (3) That the material users are
downloading actually has any affiliated legit viewing options that
exist at all.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
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