Infopost on CAS
I’ve seen a lot of misinformation going around about CAS, the Copyright Alert System, AKA the Six Strikes system. Hopefully this will clear things up.
What CAS isn’t:
- CAS is not a law. It is not SOPA or CISPA. It does not directly involve law enforcement agencies.
- CAS cannot see the files already on your hard drive.
- CAS cannot directly monitor your internet traffic.
- CAS does not give a flying fuck about your reaction gifs, manips, fanfiction, etc.
- Rightsholders cannot directly see your personal information such as name and address without getting a subpoena. They must go through your ISP, who already has that information connected to your IP because you pay them.
What CAS is:
- CAS is a partnership between major rightsholders such as the MPAA and RIAA, among others, with major American ISPs AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable.
- The copyright holders monitor major public bittorrent trackers. They get the IPs of users downloading infringing files, and notify their ISPs.
- The ISP then steps in to give users warnings. This begins with emails and phone calls, but quickly escalates to forcing you to watch copyright propaganda, blocking your access to certain sites, and eventually capping your internet speeds or restricting your internet access entirely.
- There is an appeals process, which must be done within 14 days of the warning and costs $35 per appeal.
- For repeat infringers, the copyright holders may seek legal action. To do this they would need to subpoena your personal information from your ISP. All they have before that is your IP address.
Why this is bad:
- It violates presumption of innocence.
- It sets a precedent for corporate vigilante justice—corporations finding and punishing crime in a manner they see fit.
- It poses a serious threat to internet cafes and libraries that offer public internet access, making vital services less accessible to disadvantaged and impoverished Americans. Edit: Yes, this is true. Even though large corporations like Starbucks might still be able to provide free wifi, providing free wifi at all is against the TOS in most business internet packages. This means that most of the free internet available to people is technically not supposed to be offered, but this is not enforced. This could leave many people, especially the rural poor, without internet when they had internet before.
- It is a form of censorship.
- It violates the right to privacy.
- We are piratey pirates who like to pirate.
How to not get in trouble:
- Secure your wifi connection, and make sure all members of your household understand what CAS is and how to avoid problems with it.
- If you download copyrighted material, do not use public bittorrent trackers without a VPN. There are multiple alternatives: cyberlockers, Usenet, IRC, FTP, private bittorrent trackers, etc. Avoiding major public torrent sites like The Pirate Bay entirely is the safest way. Downloading material not protected by any of the CAS affiliates is probably relatively safe. (Anime, warez, bookz, etc.) If you must use a public tracker, use a VPN. FYI, Usenet and the good VPNs are not free. The other things mentioned here generally are.
- Google instructions for these things if you don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about.
How to fight CAS:
- There’s some White House petitions: check out this one here and this one over here. The White House has already issued this statement: “[the] agreement is a positive step and consistent with our strategy of encouraging voluntary efforts to strengthen online intellectual property enforcement and with our broader Internet policy principles, emphasizing privacy, free speech, competition and due process.” Since this is not law, government probably isn’t the most effective way to fight it, nor does the government seem likely to take a stance against this, but it can’t hurt to raise as much hell as possible anyway. Sign it, make some noise.
- Call your ISP and voice your displeasure. If at all possible, switch your ISP to one not supporting CAS, and inform both ISPs that this was why you switched. THIS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD.
- Pirate anyway. Don’t be stupid and pirate through the channel they’re obviously watching, but don’t slack in your piracy. Show them that these measures only anger their customers and don’t actually do shit to protect copyright.
- Contact the MPAA and RIAA and so forth and tell them you won’t be buying their products until they cease this war on internet piracy. They can have customers or they can treat everyone like criminals, but they can’t have both.
Hopefully we can all stop running around like chickens without heads claiming the police are coming for our reaction gif folders? Yes? Good. Pirate safely, folks.
Edit: my claim that CAS would impact open wifi was challenged, so I added two sources for that statement as well as some further details. I wish it were not true, but it is.
“We really don’t own our stuff anymore (at least not fully); the manufacturers do. Because modifying modern objects requires access to information: code, service manuals, error codes, and diagnostic tools. Modern cars are part horsepower, part high-powered computer. Microwave ovens are a combination of plastic and microcode. Silicon permeates and powers almost everything we own. This is a property rights issue, and current copyright law gets it backwards, turning regular people — like students, researchers, and small business owners — into criminals.”—
Current congressional debates about the legality of unlocking cell phones are missing the larger point – Wired’s Kyle Wiens argues we should be allowed to unlock everything we own.
Pair with System Failure. – Kirby Ferguson’s provocative take on what’s wrong with intellectual property law.
I'm going to write a book
And call it “Texts I Never Sent: A Journey to Not be ‘That Girl’”
It will be a compilation of texts I’ve typed out and never managed to click send on because despite the well-deserved sentiment (anger, sadness, fear, heartbreak) I refused to be “that girl.”
Chapters will include “come over,” “really? You’re not going to answer my text?,” “stop being an asshole,” “I miss you and think about you a lot” and more.
Coming to a bookstore near you.
GeekShot photos - permissions, copyright, credit
It’s been a while since the issue of copyright has been brought up by me or in general I think. Now with GeekShot having the official SPG license for photo prints, and a lot of new fans coming in all the time, it’s probably a good time for a reminder/update. So we wanted to make sure everyone knows the details and where we stand.
First. Any photo taken by Trekkiebeth and posted with her stamp on it, you should follow her photo permissions. Take a minute to read them if you haven’t, they’re very simple and quite generous.
Second. Any photo taken by me (danregal), posted online with my watermark on it, you should follow U.S. Copyright law. That generally means any use of my photo in public/online or to create derivative works requires my permission in advance. I haven’t been enforcing this too much recently but I reserve my right to do so at any time.
Third. Any photo taken by either of us and posted online with a GeekShot watermark or posted on the geekshotphoto.com site, please follow Trekkiebeth’s photo permissions page. However, credit should be given to either the photographer or the site along with a link.
Also, while this applies to any photo owned by us (or anyone else for that matter), we’d like to make sure this is emphasized: There can be no commercial (money involved in any way) use of any GeekShot photos or any derivative works created using them.
We’ve seen a ton of people crediting when they post a photo or use it for reference, and that’s been really cool. Thank you!
If you have any questions, our asks are open or you can use our contact form on the GeekShot site.
5 Famous Online Copyright Crusaders Who Are Total Hypocrites
Shortly after the Vice.com story broke, the congressman’s team had his website taken down, just like a dirty, copyright-infringing criminal would deserve, according to Smith’s own proposed legislation.
“Take my own picture? Of trees? You’re mad, sir.”
Nintendo Content ID Stikes
Got my first content ID strike from Nintendo on PBGGameplay. I was working on a Top 10 Mario Games video, but after talking with someone from TGS, looks like I gotta hold off on it for a bit. WELP, I guess I won’t tell you guys which Mario games you should consider purchasing because Nintendo doesn’t want me to. Guess I’ll oblige.