The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will reportedly roll out its long-awaited Copyright Alert System (CAS) within the next few weeks. This new protocol will streamline communications between media publishers and internet service providers to identify infringing content posted online and deter illegal downloads.
Earlier reports regarding the CAS centered on a so-called "six-strikes" system, by which violators would meet progressively more serious sanctions - including the possible revocation of internet service. The CCI has since clarified that process, according to Ars Technica, revealing that no component of the CAS framework will vest telecommunications companies with the power to disable a consumer's internet service subscription. However, copyright holders could still pursue this outcome if and when they decide to prosecute repeat offenders through existing legal channels.
"Rather than continuing to slap people on the wrist, we're going to save our [educational] resources and send those alerts to people who will respond," program director Jill Lesser told the news source.
According to the New York Times, CCI has also recruited the assistance of expert staff and advanced software to reduce the occurrence of false positives when searching for potentially infringing content. However, users who believe they have been wrongly targeted by the enforcement program can take their case to the American Arbitration Association for a $35 fee, which would be reimbursed should they win the appeal.