The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) released a report today on the Copyright Alert System (CAS), which for the first time since the system’s launch included specific information about the size of the program. Specifically, the report showed that 1.3 million Alerts were sent out in the initial 10 months of the program, most in the initial educational phases. Only 265 challenges were filed, with no findings of false positives. CCI also noted that the CAS is expected to double in size in the second year of operation and CCI will begin an online awareness campaign to increase public awareness of the system.
The CAS, the first voluntary, successful collaboration between entertainment and technology companies in the U.S. aimed at reducing copyright infringement over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, is a tiered notice and response system that works in a fair and consumer-friendly manner while encouraging consumers to embrace the growing number of affordable authorized sources of films, music, and television programming content available online and from a variety of different services and formats. The CAS was developed by the CCI, a coalition representing the nation’s premier owners of copyrighted entertainment content and five of the largest Internet service providers (ISPs) – with input from consumer advocacy groups – and the program’s participants include these larger organizations as well as hundreds of representatives of the independent music and film sectors. For more information about the CAS, please visit www.copyrightinformation.org.
CCI’s report, “Phase One and Beyond,” was written with the help of CCI’s members, Advisory Board and technology experts, and includes information about the size of the CAS, the breakdown of Alerts sent at each level of the system, data about the independent review process and consumer research about the program.