The “Six Strikes,” a copyright alert system, went into effect on February 25, 2013 in the U.S. On paper, the system is based on a voluntary agreement between copyright holders and ISPs. But, a recent comment from music group IFPI’s CEO Frances Moore says otherwise. According to Moore, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pushed for “six strikes.”
Under Six Strikes, “content publishers will notify ISPs if they found any user engaging in sharing or downloading copyrighted content. The ISPs will then issue warnings to the users involved in the act about the consequences of illegal downloading or file sharing. If a user ignores the warnings repeatedly for six times, then the ISP can suspend his/her service.”
Until now, it was thought to be a voluntary agreement between copyright owners and ISPs. But, IFPI chief Moore has said that the U.S. copyright alert system is a prime example where government intervention paid off. Moore explained, “If you look at the U.S., you could say the new U.S. Copyright Alert System was voluntary. But one shouldn’t forget that behind it was (U.S. Vice President) Joe Biden. And Victoria Espinel, the U.S. ‘Copyright Tsar’. They were always pushing the parties to come to some type of agreement.”
U.S. Government intervention in Six Strikes was not unheard off. But involvement of Vice President Joe Biden was never acknowledged before.
However, Biden’s involvement isn’t a surprise. Biden has always been very vocal against piracy. When he announced the Joint Strategic Plan to combat intellectual property theft in 2010, he iterated, “Piracy is theft, clean and simple.”