“Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Outfit Loses Company Status, Faces Penalties
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    Default “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Outfit Loses Company Status, Faces Penalties

    Source: TorrentFreak Original Author: Ernesto Post Date: May 15, 2013 Link in TorrentFreak: “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Outfit Loses Company Status, Faces Penalties

    The Center for Copyright Information, a partnership between the RIAA, MPAA and several major Internet providers, has had its company status revoked. The CCI, who are leading the “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme in the US, has violated state laws and is unable to conduct any official business anywhere in the United States. In addition the outfit faces civil penalties and risks losing its name to a third-party company.

    During the summer of 2011 the MPAA and RIAA teamed up with five major Internet providers in the United States, announcing their “six strikes” anti-piracy plan.

    The parties founded the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) and few months later they started a non-profit company with the same name in Washington, D.C.
    After more than a year of delays the CCI finally launched its Copyright Alert System during February. But just when it appeared the group was on the right track, it met another roadblock.
    According to the Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the company leading the six-strikes program has had its status revoked. This pretty much means that the company is unable to conduct any official business anywhere in the United States.
    The revocation means that CCI’s articles of organization are void, most likely because the company forgot to file the proper paperwork or pay its fees.
    “If entity’s status is revoked then articles of incorporation / organization shall be void and all powers conferred upon such entity are declared inoperative, and, in the case of a foreign entity, the certificate of foreign registration shall be revoked and all powers conferred hereunder shall be inoperative,” the DCRA explains.
    Unfortunately for the CCI, the DCRA doesn’t have a strike based system and the company is now facing civil penalties and fines.
    It appears that company status was revoked last year which means that other businesses now have the option to take over the name. That would be quite an embarrassment, to say the least, and also presents an opportunity to scammers.
    “When a Washington DC corporation is revoked by the DCRA, its name is reserved and protected until December 31st of the year the corporation is revoked. After December 31st, other business entities may use the corporations name,” the DCRA explains on its website.
    Technically the CCI could have started a new corporation under a different name but this seems unlikely. TorrentFreak was able to confirm that at least one of the participants in the Copyright Alert System paid a substantial amount of money to the revoked company last year.
    As with any other company, CCI will be able to have its company status reinstated after fulfilling its obligations. A source connected to the Center of Copyright Information informs TorrentFreak that the proper paperwork has been filed now. This most likely means that the DCRA will update the company’s status in the near future.
    Finally, it will be interesting to see if this situation holds consequences for the anti-piracy warnings that are supposedly being sent out at the moment – the Internet seems strangely devoid of U.S. subscribers in receipt of any.




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    lol. I'm sure they'll get it fixed quickly enough, but you gotta love it when bad things happen to bad people!

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    It makes me smile whenever I see an organization of "enforcers" get so caught up in there own crap to remember to take care of their own obligations....

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    The Center for Copyright Information, a partnership between the RIAA, MPAA and several major Internet providers, has had its company status revoked. The CCI, who are leading the “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme in the US, has violated state laws and is unable to conduct any official business anywhere in the United States.
    Life really is stranger than fiction. Fact is you can't write stuff this good... Delicious irony.

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    So....looks like they are not only dirty but stupid also

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    HA. HA, as Nelson might say...


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    great news
    hopefully it will happen to other anti piracy companies

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    I wonder if all the strikes will get reset to 0. Lmao.

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    I find it so hysterical when a group is going to take down the big bad pirates but cant seem to figure out when to file paperwork etc. Someone like this going against the internet community is like North Korea against the U.S.

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