Can the RIAA find Mac users??

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by HasanDaddy, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. HasanDaddy macrumors 6502a

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    Hey dudes

    out of curiousity ---

    say I were to use Limewire or Acquisition over a Mac --- can the RIAA still see me?

    I've heard from many that the RIAA can't have access to Mac users, but I didn't know if it was true? could someone please enlighten me

    THANK YOU
     
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  3. Independence macrumors regular

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    It doesn't matter what OS or platform you use. If you share files online, they can see you.
     
  4. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Yes, they can see you if they are looking. However, I haven't heard of them monitoring anything but Kazaa, which is PC only. They dropped a suit against a Mac user after he/she basically said "not only didn't I do it, I can't even run the software to do it on my Mac...idiots."

    Not that this gives you the green light to do anything questionable, but the RIAA are not the most technically savvy people out there.
     
  5. caveman_uk Guest

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    However several thrid party clients like poisoned use the Fasttrack network which is essentially Kazaa. So yes they can see you....
     
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  7. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000

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    Awesome... take that RIAA. I'm not pro-piracy, but it makes me want to stop buying music CDs with their guerilla tactics they are using.
     
  8. iJon macrumors 604

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    its not really whether or not what sysem you use, to them you are just another ip, nothing specific to computers.

    iJon
     
  9. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    For the PC there is an app called PeerGuaridan. It uses a constantly updated list of known IP's used by the RIAA and co and does not allow communication between you and these IP's, it's very cool. Don't know if there is anything like this for OS X.

    Here is the current block list...

    ip_block_list.txt
     
  10. krossfyter macrumors 601

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    so basically there isnt much of a risk if you are using anything but kazaa... like acquisition for example?
     
  11. oldschool macrumors 65816

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  12. ITR 81 macrumors 65816

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    I really don't care what the RIAA does since I'm buying CD's and tracks all the time.

    P2P maybe legal in Canada but then again you have to pay extra just to buy an iPod which I think is freakin' rip off.

    The only thing I have against the MPAA and RIAA is censorship.
     
  13. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    okay, if you get sued, here's what you do.

    get a lawyer. in a high-profile case like this, getting a pro-bono lawyer should not be difficult.

    countersue. for any number of reasons that your lawyer can advise you on, as well as the most important: the RIAA violates the terms of service in their use of any particular network when they do this. They also violate a handful of laws, specifically the few digital privacy laws that we have on the books. this may vary by state.

    watch the case get tied up in court for years. they will drop the suit eventually. you may or may not, at your discretion. your case may be thrown out if they drop theirs. if they do not drop it, and your case proceeds (their lawyers will work hard against this, obviously), you will win.

    paul
     
  14. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    The risk is unknown. They haven't used Limewire or Acqusition yet (afaik) but who knows when they'll change their minds. Currently the courts prohibit the RIAA from getting your name from your ISP but it's only a matter of time before that's overturned. Basically I'm saying that everything can change at any time. So keep a low profile and don't get caught--just like with any criminal behavior. :)
     
  15. benixau macrumors 65816

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    (to "America" tune from "West Side Story")

    I glad i live in australia
    My mac not tracked by the RIAA
    I get all files in australia
    You are stuck in america

    Thankyou Thankyou ....
     
  16. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Who pays the legal fees? Hardly think that's a win.
     
  17. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Exactly what I was thinking... :rolleyes:
     
  18. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Paulwhannel suggested a pro bono lawyer. Look it up.
     
  19. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Lol, pro bono probably doesn't mean what you think it does if you thought a pro bono lawyer would cost alot.
     
  20. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    A pro bono lawyer either likes U2 or works for free--possibly both.
     

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