C-SPAN Video: “Combating Piracy Online: The Copyright Alert System, A Voluntary Approach” (March 8th)
The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee was pleased to host an educational briefing on March 8th: “Combating Piracy Online: The Copyright Alert System, A Voluntary Approach” before a packed audience in the Rayburn House Office Building. Live coverage of the discussion was provided by C-SPAN and video of the event available on the C-SPAN website.
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CCI Advisory Board
- Jerry Berman – Founder and Chairman, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee[Bio]
- Jules Polonetsky – Director and Co-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum [Bio]
- Gigi Sohn – President and CEO, Public Knowledge [Bio]
- Thomas Dailey – Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Verizon [Bio]
- Mitch Glazier – Senior Executive Vice President, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) [Bio]
- Marianne Grant – Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) [Bio]
- Brent Olson – Vice President – Public Policy, AT&T [Bio]
Background On This Briefing
A coalition of leading Internet service providers (ISPs) and U.S. content creators will start sending a series of copyright Alerts to internet subscribers whose accounts have been used for downloading and sharing of copyrighted content. The ISPs will pass on notifications received from copyright owners to their subscribers if (and only if) their accounts have been associated with online piracy. We don’t know how many subscribers will initially receive notifications, but constituents in your district may be among them. Subscribers who receive notices will be apprised that they have used digital content through their Internet connections improperly. Lacking an appropriate response from the subscriber, the notifications will escalate in seriousness, hoping to ensure any illegal behavior ceases.
Representatives from the CCI and its consumer advisory board briefed the congressional audience on this project. CCI’s members include the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (“MPAA”) and its members, the Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”) and its members as well as five major ISPs — AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.
This widely attended educational briefing was hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Congressional staff and members of the press welcome. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations. More information on the ICAC is available at www.netcaucus.org.