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Today the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) begins its multi-stage rollout of the Copyright Alert System (CAS). The CAS is the result of a voluntary agreement between the largest Internet service providers and content companies that will send notices to alleged infringers using peer-to-peer networks in order to educate them about copyright and legal alternatives. The system also provides for a process by which consumers can fight these allegations.
The following can be attributed to CCI Advisory Board member and President of Public Knowledge, Gigi Sohn:
"The Copyright Alert System will be a significant test of whether a voluntary copyright enforcement system can work while at the same time protecting the rights of Internet users. The creators of the system have taken steps to build in consumer protections and fair process to the system, and it is my hope that it will succeed.