According to the Center For Copyright Information, a system to alert Internet users about illegal piracy and file-sharing is expected to launch in the near future. An announcement on the Center's website says the Copyright Alert System (CAS) "will begin in the coming weeks."
The blog posts says, "Over the course of the next two months, each participating ISP expects to begin rolling out its version of the CAS – a system through which ISPs will pass on to their subscribers notices sent by content owners alleging copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks. Educational alerts will come first, followed by acknowledgement alerts that require the recipients to let their ISP know they have received the notices. For accounts where alleged infringing activity continues, enhanced alerts that contain “mitigation measures” will follow. These mitigation measures will vary by ISP and range from requiring the subscriber to review educational materials, to a temporary slow-down of Internet access speed. However, termination of a consumer’s Internet service is not a part of any ISP’s Copyright Alert System program." The post also notes that recent reports of a “six-strikes-and-you’re-out” are "erroneous."
The CAS was originally announced in July of 2011. The Center adds that "The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again (for example, by securing home wireless networks or removing peer-to-peer software), and provide information about the growing number of ways to access digital content legally."