Warner Bros. Copyright Trolling Customers Of Non-Six Strikes ISPs

from the but-of-course dept

One point that people have pointed out concerning the US's "six strikes" agreement between ISPs and Hollywood, is the fact that it only covers a group of the largest ISPs, but there are a fair number of other, smaller, independent ISPs. Apparently, however, Hollywood has decided that it will go after users on those ISPs as well, and will go after them more aggressively -- by demanding cash from them. Basically, Warner Bros. has teamed up with a company called Digital Rights Corp., which is sort of a "slightly more legit" form of copyright trolling -- demanding licenses from people they accuse of infringement.
“Yes. Warner Bros. is working with Digital Rights Corp on a test ISP/subscriber notification program to many ISPs that are not participating in the Copyright Alert System,” a Warner spokesman told TorrentFreak.

[....] “The notices give consumers an opportunity to settle the identified infringement for a very nominal sum of $20 per title infringed–not as a measure of damage, but as a concrete reminder that our content has value and as a discouragement of future unauthorized activity.”
This is nefarious on multiple levels, because it actually treats the consumers of alternative ISPs worse than customers of ISPs who agreed to sell out those customers to Hollywood.

As TorrentFreak notes, it's not clear that Warner Bros. can or would actually do anything if you don't pay such a demand. But, if you do pay, it appears they go back to you seeking more:
After the initial payment, Rights Corp matched the notified (and settled) infringement with two others already on file. Since the guy had filled in his phone number, the company then called him up and asked for another $40.00 to clear his file.
This certainly sounds like copyright trolling, along the lines of Prenda, but at a slightly cheaper level.

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    Pragmatic, 13 Jun 2013 @ 6:04am

    Re: Re: Re: @ PaulT": "Enforce copyright by all means,"

    The overall DUE PROCESS includes PAYING for what you use.


    Due process is the legal requirement that the state must respect all of the legal rights that are owed to a person. Due process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it. When a government harms a person without following the exact course of the law, this constitutes a due-process violation, which offends against the rule of law. - Wikipedia

    Now that we've covered what due process actually is, let's examine the demerits of the rest of your rant.

    But fanboys here want to skip the DUE PROCESS society has set up to cover copyright and get content for free.

    "Society?" Blue, society did not set up the copyright regime we have now. Hollywood was the main driver of the upward ratcheting.


    In any case, the infringer/thief trope has already been debunked many times AND if you look through the Business Models tags here on TD you will find Mike et al PROMOTING new ways for creators to be paid for their work.

    They rely on the fact that producers are unable to effectively enforce their DUE RIGHTS against large numbers of petty thieves.

    They've got Prenda, don't they? No wonder you freak out when Mike and the others write about it.

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