ISP is tracking me?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by lu0s3r322, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2005
    Illinois, USA
    I recieved a letter from my ISP, Comcast, stating that I had violated copyright infringement laws. It looked somewhat like this:

    Should I be worried? I occasionally do this type of stuff, but it's usually legal stuff that dls faster. I don't condone piracy either. I have stopped using torrents but have recieved two in the past month. What do I do?
  2. pseudobrit macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    Only if you downloaded or uploaded the work they cited without the right to do so.
  3. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
  4. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Unfortunately it looks like you've been peering with a honey-pot server during one of your torrents. Contact the department that sent you the letter and ask them what happens next.
  5. lexus macrumors 68000


    Mar 26, 2006
    Depends Greatly On The Weather
  6. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    I would change providers... and I would use SSL as much as possible (imaps, spop, tls, ssh, sftp etc).
  7. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    N'Albany, Indiana
    Hmmm I wonder if you can see if you can see which torrent is a deceitful jar o' honey? One time I saw an IP in my peer list of 72.164.jar.of.honey :eek:
  8. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    Doesn't the notice just tell you to remove the offending work? If so, remove it and that'll be that. No?

    PS What's a honey-pot server?
  9. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    It looks like a standard letter sent out to anyone who is sharing copyrighted stuff over P2P, which of course anyone using BitTorrent to get copyrighted music, software and films is also doing whilst they download. What is more worrying for the OP is whether ComCast have been forced into providing his user details to a third party, in which case legal action could be forthcoming.

    I still think the OP should contact ComCast themselves. At least he'll know exactly where he stands, so no nasty surprises in the near future.

    A Honey Pot hunts out copyrighted stuff advertised over P2P networks, but is actually owned and operated by the copyright owner. It will either join torrents or download directly from P2P peers, and will log all the addresses and what was being advertised by each of them. If the copyright owner then decides to take legal action against those sharing the works, they can sue ISPs into handing over the names and addresses of the users that were allocated those IP addresses at that time.
  10. mlw1235 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    It took them that long to get to you?

    You downloaded in 2004 and they are just getting to it now?

    They really care about their rights. :rolleyes:
  11. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    A honey pot server is a machine set up specificially to attract spam, viruses, illegal porn, etc. either for analysis or to catch people using programs that violate copyrights.
  12. Pamela macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    Copyright Infringement Letter

    Hello, My name is Pam. I have received 4 of these e-mails and 1 letter in the mail just like it. Comcast is also my provider. I am worried as well. Let me know if you have heard anything further. I started receiving e-mails on Jan. 3, 2007. I hadn't heard from them in a week or more and I just received another e-mail this morning. I was told from someone at Pheonix Labs not to worry about the e-mails, that they were just warnings but I just don't know. I have deleted everything that had to do with p2p file sharing. Thanks for listening. Pam
  13. lu0s3r322 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2005
    Illinois, USA
    automated e-mails don't seem to cause much harm, but I would be concerned about a letter in the mail.

    The Motion Picture Association of America has never won against someone when taking them to court i think. The RIAA has won, but not much.
  14. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
  15. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    From Canada, living in Seoul
    I agree.

    I got an email from my ISP from Universal Studios. Nothing happened.

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