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Six-strikes system rolls out to catch illegal downloaders

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A new program is starting this week that will send out warnings to suspected of pirating online content. In this scenario, six strikes and you're out.  

He's known as Austin's original glitter rocker.

"I find myself pining for the quote unquote hey day of the old school system," said Bevis Griffin, who has been in the rock and roll game for more than four decades.

Griffin said, "You didn't have to work at 3 or 4 part time jobs and sustain rehearsals while you were trying to create your art."

Most of his focus now, is developing young talent.

Griffin said, "Now, your head is in a guillotine."

He says fans who don't want to "pay to play," are a major problem of these tech-savy times.

"It's ignorant for an individual to think, Oh, this is just for the taking, for free," Griffin said.
    
"Six Strikes" is a program starting this week, led by the Center for Copyright Information and internet service providers like Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable.

"Whenever the illegal download is happening, unfortunately, the artist that has put the time and effort into that creation, is not able to make a royalty payment," said R.C. Mosier, who specializes in entertainment law.

He is also a member of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Mosier said, "Once illegal downloading happened, it cut off a lot of the income coming in from albums.  You saw labels consolidate....{21:40:29} it kind of led to this downward trend in...getting artists funded so that they could keep making their content."
    
With "Six Strikes," users suspected of pirating music or movies will experience slower internet connections, have to watch a video on copyright infringement or ultimately lose their access to the web altogether.

Mosier said, "Will they actually get it shut off after the sixth time?  I don't think AT&T wants to lose a customer who's paying between $40 and $120 a month for internet service."

Griffin said, "I could never understand why anybody would want a boot leg film, that was poorly reproduced.  there's just no real entertainment value in it."
    
As an artist, Bevis believes once your work goes out into the marketplace, it's your responsibility to get what's due to you.

"I would be offended if it never occurred to anybody that they should pay," said Griffin.  "Piracy is wrong because stealing is wrong."

Time will tell, if "Six Strikes" really does help not just the corporations, but the artists too.

With so many places having free wi-fi available and people sharing connection passwords, it opens up a whole other world of problems for accountability.
    
If you feel you're being wrongly accused, you can fight it. Appeals are $35.

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