Now that the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) has their brainchild, the Copyright Alert System, (CAS,) in place and fully enacted we have been getting quite a few questions from our readers as to the legitimacy of the system and if there’s any way to avoid getting the notices. We will address both of these issues in this post, first the legitimacy:
Backed by virtually every entertainment group in existence today. And furthermore the system in place makes it easier for copyright holders to have fines and levies imposed in the event that the infringing activities aren’t stopped. They have enlisted the help of at least 5 of the biggest ISPs in the US, who have started monitoring their customers and are processing the infringement claims as they are reported. But don’t worry, according to the CCI website none of your personally identifiable information will be given to the CCI until the very last of the mitigating measures are taken against you.
So you’ve received your first, or possibly second, alert. Don’t panic, no one is going to make you pay thousands of dollars for infringement you didn’t know about. Not yet. They give you the first few alerts as warnings, and that’s how you should take them. As a warning that you may need to check on the activities of others on your internet connection. Have a talk with these people about how much the fines and levies can amount to. And, since the internet connection belongs to you, you are the responsible party. So any fines will be yours also. If you aren’t sure where the infringement came from, then secure your internet connection using WPA/WPA2, someone may be hijacking your connection for illegal purposes. If the connection is already secured using the above protocols then change your password, you may have been hacked.
If you’re still not feeling too sure about the people n your connection, or just don’t like the idea of the ISPs monitoring your activities on the internet, get a VPN. A VPN can cloak all your activities on the internet even from the prying eyes of your ISP. An encrypted tunnel will only allow the ISP to realize your connection is present. What passes through the encrypted tunnel stays in the encrypted tunnel and is a garbled mess as far as anyone without the key is concerned. And the ISP won’t have the key. There are several very good free VPNs, we like VPNGate for a freebie and BlackVPN as a paid service, but remember you get what you pay for. So educate yourself, we recommend https://vpnreviewz.com for all your research needs.