Plans for a six-stage notifications scheme to warn filesharers in the US remain on course to launch in 2012, according to the head of the Center for Copyright Information Jill Lesser. “We are still very much intending to launch this year, but in no way was missing a July deadline a missed deadline,” she tells Ars Technica. “This isn’t the American version of the French system, and it isn’t a baseball game.” Reports had suggested that a July launch date had been missed, but Lesser is keener to dispel comparisons between the CCI’s plans and Hadopi in France. “It is not a six strikes program. This is an educational program; there are a series of educational alerts that will be sent out to subscribers.” ISPs will have the final decision over the ultimate punishment for subscribers who reach the sixth warning.

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