Oh joy, the “Six Strikes” policy is in full effect and anyone with half-a-brain knew that the thing was going to cause a major disturbance on the interwebs because...well, it's the interwebs. Anyway, a gamer was hit with a “strike” and a DMCA takedown notice for a Guild Wars 2 mod.
We reported a while back that the Six Strikes policy would be put into effect by a number of ISPs, including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to name a few. The policy recently went into effect and already lawyers and copyright holders have been laying the smack down on average internet goers for copyright infringement.
According to Techdirt, DtecNet is sending out strikes for any and everything that even remotely seems like it crosses their digital line of imaginary copyrighted content. In fact, the DMCA notice they sent out was on behalf of NBC Universal and had nothing to do with ArenaNet or NCSoft's Guild Wars brand.
Here's part of the letter they sent to David Sutherland, who has a Mediafire account for distributing Guild Wars mods...
Dear MediaFire User:
The Six Strikes policy is basically setup so that after receiving six DMCA strikes, a user is penalized by their ISP, either with throttled net speeds or a potential ban? I'm not sure of the specifics but it seems like the whole point is to scare people from file-sharing anything at all.
The new policing of the internet just got a whole lot uglier, especially for modders or anyone who plans to share any file on any file-sharing service.
As we mentioned in the previous article, the Six Strikes policy isn't just limited to torrents and it's not just limited to copyrighted TV and movie material.
Any and everyone can get hit from this Six Strikes policy because...well, this isn't capitalism, land of the free, home of the brave or a free market, this is the Corporate States of America and if you aren't a rich douche bag, you're out of luck.