Last summer, Internet service providers and entertainment trade groups agreed to a “six strikes” plan for controlling online piracy — a system of escalating pokes, prods and throttled Internet access for users suspected of infringing copyrights.
“A new group, the Center for Copyright Information, was set up to put the plan into effect. On Monday the group finally named an executive director and four board members, earning approving if still skeptical nods from some observers.
Jill Lesser has been appointed the center’s executive director. She is a former AOL executive who is on the board of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is a consultant to the Glover Park Group, a lobbying firm.
The center also named several consumer advocates and research group members to its advisory board, including Gigi B. Sohn of the online rights group Public Knowledge; Jerry Berman of the Center for Democracy and Technology; Marsali Hancock of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, which tracks online child safety issues; and Jules Polonetsky of the Future of Privacy Forum.
In a statement, Ms. Lesser said she would protect the rights of artists and media companies.
“The ease of distribution of copyrighted content has helped create a generation of people who believe that all content should be free,” she wrote. “The notion that artists and creators, and even the big companies that finance, produce and deliver their creations, don’t have the right to own and control their distribution, simply cannot be.””
MediaDecoder, NYT Blogs, Apr 3 2012.