Bad News if You Illegally Download Music: The Copyright Alert System is Here

Today, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) launched the controversial Copyright Alert System. The CCI calls the system a “groundbreaking and collaborative effort to curb online piracy and promote the lawful use of digital music, movies and TV shows.”

The idea is that content owners (major labels, Hollywood) will monitor file sharing sites for infringement, and when they catch it they’ll notify your internet service provider, who will send you an alert. After a series of warnings, your service provide can slow down your connection or block your service completely. AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon are all on board with the system.

Watch a video on the Copyright Alert System above.

(Slate)