--"If you don’t pay much attention to tech news, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of the so-called “Six Strikes” copyright alert system, a new program that is being rolled out soon to crack down on illegal web piracy — downloads from Mega, BitTorrent, and the like.
But it’s a very big deal. Six Strikes is the most ambitious attempt yet by the movie and music industries, in conjunction with major ISPs like Verizon and Comcast, to stop the flow of pirated content that they say costs the U.S. economy some $58 billion a year. It’s an effort that opponents say could hurt small businesses, lead to a rash of Big Brother–esque privacy violations, and put too much power in the hands of giant multinational media corporations."--