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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US ISP Voluntarily Enforced Graduated Response System

US ISP Voluntarily Enforced Graduated Response System

US ISP Voluntarily Enforced Graduated Response System

Added: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Despite the fact that Mediacom, one of the largest ISPs in the country, isn’t to be a part of the “six-strikes” regime, it decided to punish its subscribers by permanently cutting their broadband connection in case they are alleged of unauthorized file-sharing.
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Normally, copyright owners have to send DMCA takedown notices to broadband service providers to force them take action or ignore. However, Mediacom decided to apply its own policies, which include the permanent disconnection from the web after a third accusation.

Official site of the company explains that the first DMCA notice results in flagging the account and sending a warning to the subscriber. The second notice leads to an account suspension, with the access being only reinstated after some paperwork. Finally, the third notice is the end of the subscriber, because he or she loses Internet access and is banned for life. This is the problem. Even if a subscriber claims that someone else is responsible for infringement, the ISP doesn’t care about it, as the account owner is believed to be completely responsible for what is going on with the connection. Worse still, the ISP can even apply an early termination fee. The most appalling part is that even the “six-strikes” scheme doesn’t involve a lifelong ban of the account, as it’s really unconceivable.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already commented on the case. The outfit said that taking into account the importance of connectivity it’s not very good that the ISP terminates after 3 accusations, which are not even proofs of wrongdoing.

The best option here is to switch from Mediacom to another provider, but it may be a problem for people living in the region where there is no alternative. Fortunately, Mediacom’s subscribers have a chance to counter allegations of copyright violations. When this counter notification paperwork is done, the ISP will pass it to the rights owner, and the latter would pursue action as they choose. Of course, this can also result in legal action like lawsuits between the rights owner and the subscriber, and this is not something an individual can afford. Not very good news for the ISPs subscribers, in short words.


By:
SaM
October 2nd,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012



Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2012-10-02 16:12:15)
avi312SINGH avatarwtf are mediacom???

2
posted by (2012-10-02 17:43:39)
alchemy316 avatarfrom wiki Mediacom is a cable television and communications provider in the United States. Founded in July 1995,[1] it serves primarily smaller markets in the Midwest and Southern United States. Formerly a publicly traded firm, it went private in a $600.0 million transaction in March 2011 and is, as of 2011, owned by CEO Rocco B. Commisso.[2]

3
posted by Blocked (2012-10-02 19:25:02)
skreamer avatarI know very little about the background of this article but it could be read that if you accept Mediacom's service termination you avoid legal action from the Copyright owner? But if you file a Counter Notification then you open yourself up to a lawsuit?

4
posted by (2012-10-02 20:20:48)
No avatarSo you'll be banned just from being accused, lawyers will be happy on this one

5
posted by (2012-10-03 04:22:08)
Ray186 avatarThe sad part is that they are probably a monopoly in the areas that they service, and their subscribers probably have no choice but to use them or satellite.

6
posted by men (2012-10-03 05:56:21)
STEVENS8134033002 avatarSOMETIME IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE;
MULTI MEDIA OUTFITS WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR DOLLAR & YOUR RIGHTS.
THANKS TO FREE ENTERPRISE IN AMERICAN ECONOMY.
MEDIACOM WILL BAN ITS SUBSCRIBERS.
THEN UNDER THE LAW OF FREE ENTERPRISE ANOTHER COMPANY WILL PICK UP THE VOID & MAKE MONEY FOR THIER RESPECTIVE COMPANY.
IN AMERICA I WOULD NOT BE SHOCKED TO FIND OUT THAT SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD THE C.E.O. OF MEDIACOM DOES NOT HAVE SHARES INVESTED INTO ANOTHER COMPANY THAT WILL COME ALONG & GRAB EVERY CUSTOMER THAT MEDIACOM LETS GO!!!!!
SOMETHING TO PONDER??????????????
IM A PIMP 4 LIFE IT'S IN ME TOO PUT PEPOLE TOO WORK!!!!!!!!!!

7
posted by (2012-10-03 15:22:49)
No avatarThey can fight us, but if the owner that brought the DVD, music, or box set, they can do nothing, When ripping movie or music you brought, you are entitled to keep them on your Hard drive not share it to anyone that's were they catch you.

8
posted by Blocked (2012-10-04 11:35:55)
menahunie avatarWhat did you expect from a cable company?
The interesting thing is they still believe they provide the fastest internet access over ADSL or FIOS...
I was cable years ago because that was all I could get; after constantly getting throttled and knocked off by getting blaster with RST packets from those assholes and they got very upset when I showed them they were the one's interfering in my connection.
I went to ADSL+ then FIOS and haven't looked back since.
My ISP doesn't cap me and doesn't interfere either..
Terminating someones service on an allegation is bad for your companies business health since many will go else where and news travels fast.
We all have finally seen the courts starting to see that a IP date and file name is not a copyright violation; as well as now starting to required the alleged file as proof of a copyright violation. NO FILE NO VIOLATION...
One would be getting a warrant - only warrants can be issued for a crime; not on an allegation. To seize some ones computer.
BUT to get evidence of a crime a warrant again has to be obtained for wiretapping a persons communications and THAT ALSO INCLUDES INTERNET TRAFFIC to obtain evidence of a CRIME for a CRIMINAL WARRANT to seize a persns or companies computer-s..
This scares the crap out of RIAA, MPAA and others since they don't have near enough money to obtain these files and provide them on discovery motions.

9
posted by (2012-10-04 12:45:20)
dfresh avatarIf we can get rid of lawyers, we could get rid of about 90% of Congress---And yes that's a good thing!!

10
posted by (2012-10-04 14:33:15)
No avatar@MNIBARI12: actually according to the new FBI warnings you can't do ANYTHING with the movies or music you buy. well anything besides play. ANY copying of ANY kind is prohibited. but if you look in to actual copy right law you will find that they are so full of it. but still get caught and they make you pay, or do they.

well this corporation is just a little foot note of an ISP so who cares if they ban you.

@menahunie: O they have the money alright but there thinking is y should they have to spend it. its not profitable at all to sue people that really can't pay out and they know it.

if they really wanted p2p gone it WOULD BE!

11
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-10-05 01:11:14)
Embolism avatarfcuk corporate fascists,the patriot act,the FBI and mediacom,I for one knowing that companies policy would subscribe to another provider not pressurised into such stupidity,the subscriber pays their wages and by the very act of penalising them without proof they alienate the very people who make them money.

12
posted by (2012-10-05 15:06:28)
No avatarI don't know of any sector of the USA that doesn't have multiple internet service providers. The dish networks use satelites and can get a signal in the mountains. You can also get service through cell phones and USB direct connect. If mediacom...ive never heard of them...if they want to throw away customers, someone else will scoop them up. No media network..time-warner, att, comcast, etc..own the wires and have exclusive control over them. Thats why you can choose three to four home phone services. Deregulation broke up the monopoly and allowed for competition. The market will right itself, if allowed too.

13
posted by (2012-10-05 15:09:43)
No avatareveryone should know by now that one person on facebook took on a major bank that emposeed a unnecessary fee on its customers and that turned into a revolution of a mass amount of people who decided to leave that particular bank or threaten that they would if said bank did not change its policies and they did change the policy

14
posted by (2012-10-05 17:34:00)
dfresh avatar@
Embolism Props to you, F--- the patriot act, FBI, DOJ, the list goes on. I have a family member whose a fed you would not believe the S--- they get away with. There BS sneak & peak warrents. Illegal phone taps. Did we also forget about Carnivior (spell the right?) the fbi software that let them spy on emails. Illegally I must say. I believe Biden had alot to do w/ DMCA getting done.

15
posted by Blocked (2012-10-05 19:01:03)
skreamer avatarNo file no violation would be a killer blow. Seriously, if I (were to ever) DL a movie, once viewed its deleted. Also I often DL to USB sticks. I also have a selection of portable HDDs.



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