A Gift From Barry

You know that Obama is pretty tight with Hollywood. Tight with big music stars. Ever wonder why?

Meet the ISP Copyright Alert System:

Internet service providers are now rolling out a system to warn or punish users who download and share copyrighted content.

AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon are all participating, and will roll out their responses over the next two months. The so-called Copyright Alert System varies by ISP, but calls for gradually more severe responses to each infringement, starting with emailed warnings and escalating to throttled data speeds or temporary suspension of service.

According to Wikipedia:

The White House has stated its support for the agreement noting that the “agreement is a positive step and consistent with our strategy of encouraging voluntary efforts to strengthen online intellectual property enforcement and with our broader Internet policy principles, emphasizing privacy, free speech, competition and due process.”

How’s that hope and change working out for you?

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