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Verizon & Time Warner Outline Anti-Piracy Plan, Police Take Young Girl's Laptop for Piracy, Ethiopian Piracy Rate Ticks Upward - Software Piracy & Protection Week in Review 11/26/2012

November 26, 2012

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Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license compliance and piracy. Last week Verizon & Time Warner outlined their anti-piracy plans, police took a 9 year old's laptop for piracy and Ethiopia discovered that its software piracy problem is worse than it thought. Read on and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Google+ and our RSS feed to get the latest news.

Verizon & Time Warner Outline Their “Six-Strike” Anti-Piracy Policies

Late last month we covered AT&T’s document leak outlining its plan to implement the Copyright Alert System, a six strike warning program where ISPs would impose progressively tougher penalties on copyright infringers. Last week, during a panel discussion hosted by the New York Chapter of the Internet

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Society, Verizon and Time Warner VPs revealed their respective implementation plans.

Link Hoewing, Vice President of Internet and Technology at Verizon, said Verizon would implement a three stage process. The first two alerts are emails warning the user they have been flagged for copyright infringement. The third alert is a popup requiring the user to acknowledge their pirated use. If piracy continues Verizon will temporarily throttle the subscriber’s download speeds.

According to Fernando Laquarda, Time Warner Cable Vice President of External Affairs, his company will follow a similar plan of escalation but instead of throttling, Time Warner will restrict the subscriber’s internet browsing, redirecting certain traffic to anti-piracy landing pages.

The decision to implement the Copyright Alert System was voluntarily made by a number of major ISPs in an attempt to accommodate the media industry's growing concern with internet piracy. The agreement was to set up a six strike anti-piracy policy with each ISP left to design its respective implementation strategy. Currently AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon comprise the major ISPs planning to implement the system. Together they account for approximately 75 percent of all broadband internet subscriptions in the US.

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Police Confiscate 9 Year Old Girl’s Laptop for Piracy

At the behest of the anti-piracy group CIAPC, Finnish Police raided the house of a suspected copyright infringer seizing his daughter’s Winnie the Pooh laptop in the process.

The father's ISP notified the CIAPC of piracy at the household, prompting the CIAPC to send the girl's father a letter offering to settle for €600. When the father of the 9 year old rejected the CIAPC’s offer, they informed the police.

According to the father, his 9 year old daughter visited The Pirate Bay trying to download an album from Chisu, a local pop star. When she discovered the download didn't work he went out to buy her the album.

It's worth noting that downloading a torrent requires a relatively advanced understanding of computing and it is hard to imagine that a 9 year old possessed such knowledge. Furthermore, the father decided to go out and buy the Chisu album only after they discovered that the torrented version didn't work. It is egregious that the police would confiscate a child's laptop but it seems like sensationalism may be obscuring the facts.

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Ethiopian Software Piracy Higher Than Expected

According to a new report by the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Organization (EIPO), over 87 percent of software sold in Ethiopia is pirated. Surprisingly, the rate announced by the EIPO is almost five points higher than the BSA's number, which pegged Ethiopian in 2011 at a rate of 83 percent - double the average for Africa.

Like many developing countries, Ethiopia has recently signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft in order to reduce the level of piracy. The partnership will focus on educational campaigns for consumers and software compliance training for organizations.

“EIPO will work with Microsoft to create public awareness on the benefits of genuine software for local businesses in terms of reliability and security. Piracy will affect the interests and economy of a country”, said Birhanu Adelo, the Director General of the EIPO.

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.