Comcast must surrender to a porn studio any so-called “six-strikes” copyright infringement notices it may have sent an Indianapolis woman whom the pornographer is accusing of illegally downloading skin flicks, a federal judge ruled.
The Wednesday decision marks what is believed to be the first time a court has ordered that the notices be produced in a copyright lawsuit. That’s significant because the six strikes program was not designed to provide courtroom evidence of infringement. Instead, the stated goal behind the notices, which are sent to suspected infringers, has been “educational” in a bid to get pirates to knock off their infringing activities.
The notices are part of what is known as the Copyright Alert System, which began in February 2013 and includes five participating ISPs: AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon. The US program was strongly backed by the Obama Administration and is run by the newly-created Center for Copyright Information.
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