Comcast developing anti-piracy alternative to 'Six Strikes'2013-08-06 08:44 by Daniela
Comcast, the largest US cable operator and one of the nation's leading broadband providers, is reportedly working on a new approach to copyright-infringement prevention as an alternative to the "Six-strikes" meassure.
According to people familiar with the matter, Comcast's system won't be replacing the Copyright Alert System and the six-strike policies, but will instead provide a "complementary" offering that Comcast is hoping other ISPs will adopt. In addition, the service provider is said to be in talks with movie and TV studios for partnerships that would be implemented in the system.
Under the proposed plan, customers spotted engaging in illegal downloads would be sent notifications in real time, letting them know where they can go to pay for legitimate copies of the content they're pirating. Comcast states that the technical side of the program has been worked out already. Deep packet inspection and comparison of media files will probably be part of it, though they haven't mentioned any details as of yet.
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