I don't know how many British people come here, but filesharingtalk.com is at least the best board I know for File Sharing Talk.
Firstly, I have never been caught by anyone for any file sharing activities. I just would like to know how a commercially interested party would take action against me, in the UK.
Also: I can't look up what I need to know, because the law is not applied to filesharers the way it's written. If it were, thousands would be sued every day, and they are not being sued in those numbers. I mean not in the UK!
I have talked to 2 British people people on other boards who've been caught by record companies - they said they received a letter from their ISP (a type of cease and desist letter) and they were required to sign something which said they would not share copyrighted files again. Hardly scary.
Would this happen to me if a record company caught me sharing their songs via BitTorrent? (All I use is torrent)
Is this type of approach interested parties will always use in the UK, i.e. to catch someone's IP address, take it up with the ISP, then tell the ISP to send a letter?
As soon as the record company tell my ISP what they caught me doing, will my ISP cut me off and then not connect me again until I've signed something and posted it back to them?
Do different UK ISPs take a different approach?
Would it be possible for me to get a writ in the post directly from a record company?
Could I avoid signing a cease and desist letter from my ISP by simply changing my ISP?
My ISP is Orange; they're regarded to be pirate-friendly in comparison to British Telecom, but only inasmuch as BT are under greater pressure from the interested parties because they have so many users.
Orange's Terms & Conditions tell me nothing I need to know. Just covers their arses, like all ISP's Terms & Conditions do.
I can't find anything out! And it's something that I should know.
BTW no need to bother posting anything about US law etc. here: it doesn't apply.