This summer sees the beginning of the Center for Copyright Infringement's (CCI) crackdown on Internet piracy, with major ISPs coming on board to monitor citizens that use peer to peer file sharing applications. Those found by the MPAA, RIAA and copyright holders to be downloading material that infringes copyright will be sent letters with increasing consequences for ignoring them.
The executive board of the CCI was announced today, unsurprisingly enough filled with members of the copyright protection organisations and a few representatives from ISPs. As Torrent Freak points out, you would assume that an organisation designed to educate Internet users about the effects of piracy and their own impact on an industry that is claimed to be in danger - though it's seeing more growth than ever - would include some consumer rights representatives.
Fortunately though there are a couple of public rights advocates in the form of Jerry Berman who chairs the Internet Education Foundation and Gigi Sohn, one of the founders of public interest group, Public Knowledge.
This pair have been arguing certain points of the agreement between content creators and ISPs, saying that since the internet has been ruled in some places as a basic human right, cutting off access to it could cause serious moral and legal issues.
As part of the move to crack down on piracy, the CCI and other organisations will only be focusing on bittorrent downloads. Those getting their pirated media fix from file lockers or streaming sites cannot be tracked in this way and therefore will be exempt from any suspicion or monitoring.
Since these methods are becoming far more popular for viewing pirated content, it seems like a little more than a minor oversight by the CCI to focus on the aging Bittorrent platform. But hey, I'm sure it knows what it's doing.