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When a spontaneous moment with someone you’ve just met suddenly changes the path of your night. Each group played their own songs, with Anderson singing on all tracks. Instead, the RIAA said that it would now try a different strategy in its war against downloaders�rather than suing the file sharers, they would try to get the cooperation of ISPs to shut down the illegal file-sharing traffic.� The RIAA announced that they have already cut some deals with ISPs to make this happen.� However, ISPs were reluctant to take any significant action against their infringing subscribers.� They would send out threatening letters to offending subscribers, but only very rarely would they take any further action.� They were especially reluctant to cut off any of their paying customers.� In 2011, it was announced that a deal had been cut between a group of prominent internet service providers and a group of media companies, one which would attempt to stem the tide of illegal music and movie downloads  .� The deal was supposedly brokered by Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York State, with the assistance of the White House.� Recognizing that the heavy-handed strategy of dragging individuals into court was largely ineffective, the MPAA and the RIAA signed a contract with a group of prominent ISPs (AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision, Time-Warner Cable, and Verizon).� The deal requires that the ISPs implement a copyright enforcement system under which any of their customers who illegally download copyrighted material will receive a series of escalating alerts.� The first four alerts will be strictly informative, warning the ISP subscriber that what they are doing is illegal and will attempt to advise them how to download legally.�� These alerts will include �educational material�, informing the offending subscriber about the details of copyright law.�� If the customer ignores these warnings and continues their downloading activity, once the fifth alert is reached, the ISP has the option of implementing a set of as yet unspecified stricter restrictions.� These could include the reducing of download speeds, limiting the access to the Internet, or requiring that the user respond to educational materials about copyright.� However, nothing in the agreement requires that the ISP cut off service or to limit access to e-mails, but it is possible that this might happen in the future.� The advantage of this arrangement is that no actual legislative or other governmental action is involved, since it is strictly a contract between private parties.� It removes an obstacle often faced when a lawsuit is filed, namely the possibility that the accused was not responsible for or was significantly unaware of the alleged infringement.� Nevertheless, opponents of the deal object that there is still a danger that users could be unfairly punished, even if they haven�t been proven legally to have infringed.� The system works by tracking IP addresses, and it is often difficult to determine just exactly who is using a given IP address, especially when unsecured hotspots are used.� Under the terms of the agreement, an accused user has the right to object to an action taken by the ISP by filing for an �independent review�.� I am sure that such a plan will impose higher costs on the ISPs, most of which will be passed along to the ISP�s customers.
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