It is a matter of relief for the users who use torrent websites a lot as they now won’t receive any warnings for copyright infringements or be subjected to any punitive action. The Six Strikes program has officially ended with the decision of taking no actions against such users.
The Six Strikes system was formed back in 2011 by a coalition consisting of the U.S. government, AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The group was called the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) which formed the Copyright Alert System.
The system was designed for fighting specifically against online infringement of copyrighted content. And it is targeting the users of torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, Torrentz2, Kickass Torrents and many more. Under the Six Strikes system, the users of the participating ISPs, if found using the targeted websites, would incur a ‘strike’.
The first two strikes only involved the user getting a notice informing about the activity without requiring the user to do anything. The subsequent two strikes would require the user to acknowledge the receipt of the notice. And in the fifth and sixth strike, the internet speeds of the user would be throttled for a limited time as a punitive action. There was a fear among the users that their services could be permanently discontinued after the sixth strike, but there was nothing as such.
In an official statement by CCI, the Copyright Alert System has finally ended. The users will not be subjected to any such strikes anymore but that doesn’t save the users completely. Technically, the ISPs still are supposed to take actions against the repeat infringers as per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). But ISPs remain reluctant to do so.