Don’t Allow Internet Providers to Block Internet Access Based on Private Activity

Target: Internet Providers AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon

Goal: Do not support ‘six strikes’ policy which blocks internet access on behalf of corporations

Recently, the Center for Copyright Information announced a new policy that would affect those who download media. The ‘six strikes’ policy is a cooperation between major internet providers and media companies. The policy will give illegal downloaders six warnings before unspecified action is taken against them. Downloaders will also have their internet access slowed or blocked. The six strikes policy does not charge downloaders with any criminal activity or even involve the law at all. Instead, it limits internet users based on the will of private media corporations.

The six strikes policy allows content owners such as the MPAA and RIAA to know when their content is downloaded from BitTorrent, a popular file-sharing program. Content owners will then tell the internet providers, who will send a warning to the users. After four warnings, the ‘strikes’ will take the form of the internet providers slowing or denying internet access. Users can get a strike if an unauthorized person using their internet access downloads, or if a content owner claims copyright on a derivative work that is legally considered fair use. The ability to block internet access is entirely due to claims from content owners and the responsibility of the internet provider, not the user who may or may not be downloading copyrighted works.

While it is important to stop the outright theft of copyrighted material, the six strikes policy does nothing to accomplish this. Instead, it will block internet access for many users, even those who do not download copyrighted material. The internet providers should not be able to block access based on the will of private corporations. The internet has become a vital part of everyday life for many users, and private companies should not be able to take this service away. Tell the major internet providers that the users are more important than private corporations, and the six strikes policy should not be used to block internet access.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear internet providers AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon,

Recently, the ‘six strikes’ policy was announced by the Center for Copyright Information. According to this policy, your companies will cooperate with private corporations to block internet access for users who may download copyrighted material. The users will be sent warnings before having their internet access slowed or blocked entirely. Users may not be responsible for the reported downloads, but will not have a chance to protest the warnings before losing full access to the internet.

I ask you not to participate in the six strikes policy. It is extremely unfair to the users. While continued downloading of copyrighted material is a serious problem, this policy will do nothing to stop it. Instead, it will only harass users based on the will of private corporations. The internet is a vital part of life for many people, and it should not be blocked based on the word of a third party company. Do not participate in the six strikes policy and do not deny your users internet access.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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