Jessica McKinney | Bloomberg Law On July 6, 2011, a number of Internet service providers ("ISPs")1 entered into a voluntary agreement2 with The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. ("MPAA"), The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. ("RIAA"), and certain members of those organizations3 (collectively, the "Content Owner Representatives"). The agreement addresses online copyright infringement through a six-step "Copyright Alert Program" and establishes the Center for Copyright Information ("CCI")4 "to support implementation of the system and educate consumers about the importance of copyright."5 While the agreement may not be as harsh as the "three strikes" laws that have been enacted in countries such as France and the United Kingdom, where penalties for violations include disconnection from Internet access, it nevertheless amounts to private enforcement of copyright without any judicial oversight and contains a number of troubling provisions.
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