Well, after 2 years of torrenting, I finally got my 1st notice of Copyright Infringement....lol.
I had been avoiding TorrentSpy and most other public sites, but got bored and stopped in.
I downloaded Norton's Ghost v9 from a link @ TorrentSpy and recieved my letter a few days later.
Just thought I would let everyone know.
Dear Internet Access Subscriber:
Charter Communications ("Charter") has been notified by a copyright owner that
your Internet account has been involved in the exchange of unauthorized copies
of copyrighted material (music, movies, or software). We are enclosing a copy
of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice that Charter received
from the copyright holder.
It is possible that this activity has occurred without your permission or
knowledge by an unauthorized user, a minor who may not fully understand the
copyright laws, or even as a result of a computer virus. However, as a Charter
Internet account owner, you can be held liable for this activity.
As a personal computer owner and a user of the Internet, we ask that you be
aware of the following: Violations of federal Copyright law can result in civil
and/or criminal liability, including payment of monetary damages, costs and
attorneys' fees to the copyright owner. See 17 U.S.C. §§ 504-506. In addition,
Charter's Acceptable Use Policy explicitly prohibits copyright infringement by
Charter High-Speed Internet users. Specifically, Section 3 states:
NO COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
Customer will not use, nor allow others to use, the Service to send or receive
any information which infringes the patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade
secrets or proprietary rights of any other person or entity. This includes, but
is not limited to, digitization of music, movies, photographs or other
copyrighted materials or software.
Charter is registered under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
(DMCA). Under the DMCA, copyright owners have the right to notify Charter if
they believe that a Charter customer has infringed the copyright owner's
work(s). If Charter receives a notice from a copyright owner alleging any
Customer has committed copyright infringement, Charter will notify the Customer
of the alleged infringement. If Charter receives more than one notice alleging
copyright infringement on Customer's part, Customer may be deemed a "repeat
copyright infringer." Charter reserves the right to terminate the accounts of
repeat copyright infringers.
We ask that you take immediate action to remove the infringing material from your computer and stop its exchange. If Charter continues to receive DMCA notices regarding your account, or if you violate any other clause of Charter's Acceptable Use Policy, we will have no choice but to terminate your account. You may view Charter's rules and policies at http://www.chartercom.com/site/rules.asp.
If you need assistance in removing the referenced infringing material, please refer to http://support.charter.com/sdcuser/a...oenaUpdate.htm.
If you have any questions about this matter, please contact us at
1-866-229-7286. Representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8am -
12am (EST), Saturday, 8am - 5pm (EST) and Sunday, 12pm - 5pm (EST), to take
Charter High-Speed Internet Security Team
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ï»¿Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Charter Communications, Inc.
12405 Powerscourt Drive
St. Louis, MO 63131 US
RE: Unauthorized Distribution of the following copyrighted computer program(s):
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has determined that the connection listed
below, which appears to be using an Internet account under your control, is
using a BitTorrent network to offer unlicensed copies of copyrighted computer
programs published by the BSA's member companies.
Date Found: 22 Mar 2005 06:03:14 EST (GMT -0500)
IP Address: xxxxxxxxx
IP Port: xxxxx
Content being offered:
Filename: Norton.Ghost.9.torrent/NORTON GHOST 9.0.MSI
The above computer program(s) is/are being made available for copying, through
downloading, at the above location without authorization from the copyright
Based upon BSA's representation of the copyright owners in anti-piracy matters,
we have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed
above have been authorized by the rightholders, their agents, or the law. BSA
represents that the information in this notification is accurate and states,
under penalty of perjury, that it is authorized to act in this matter on behalf
of the copyright owners listed above.
We are giving notice of these activities pursuant to Section 512 of Title 17
of the U.S. Code (as enacted by the 'Online Copyright Infringement Liability
Limitation Act'). We expect that you will take expeditious action to remove or
disable access to the materials described above, and thereby prevent the
illegal reproduction and distribution of pirated software via your company's
network. As you know, illegal on-line activities can result in 50 million
people on the Internet accessing and downloading a copyrighted product
worldwide without authorization - a highly damaging activity for the copyright
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please advise us regarding what
actions you take.
Please include the following CaseID in any response you send: Case ID xxxxxxx
John R. Wolfe
Manager of Investigations
Business Software Alliance
1150 18th St NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036