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Thread: Notice of Copyright Infringement via Gmail?

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    famous45's Avatar money=happiness BT Rep: +1
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    I got this lovely Gmail email today from abuse@charter.net that accused me of downloading a movie i have never heard of from a tracker I have never heard of. I'm only a member of a handful of private trackers and have only used newsgroups for the past 3 months or so. I was wondering how on earth they got my Gmail email account and linked that to so some random public tracker I have never heard of. My IP address is different now so I can't even check to see if it matches the one in the email but "DNS name" location was correct.

    Does this look legit to you, and if so, why would they email me at a one of my several Gmail accounts I have? The email address they used isn't even the one I use for most of my torrent sites and my charter.net broadband account is not linked to any of my gmail accounts at all.

    I don't have wireless internet access and am the only one that uses my computer.
    What's the deal. The tracker was: http://torrent-download.to:5869/announce never heard of this tracker. File was: Meet Dave[2008]DvDrip R5[Eng] I Never downloaded this movie. Very strange.

    [CODE]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, or allow others to use, the Service to send or receive, or otherwise use 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. Customer must obtain appropriate authorization from such other person or entity prior to sending, receiving or using such materials. Customer represents and warrants that Customer is the author and copyright owner and/or authorized licensee with respect to any hosted content and Customer further represents and warrants that no hosted content violates the trademark, copyright, domain name or intellectual property rights of any third party. Charter assumes no responsibility, and Customer assumes all risks regarding the determination of whether material is in the public domain, or may otherwise be used for such purposes.

    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. Charter may determine that Customer is a repeat copyright infringer if Charter learns that Customer has engaged in online copyright infringement on more than one occasion. Charter reserves the right to suspend or 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.charter.com/site/policies.aspx.

    If you need assistance in removing the referenced infringing material, please refer to the Security Center at http://www.charter.com.


    If you have any questions about this matter, please contact us at 1-866-229-7286. Representatives will be available to take your call Monday through Friday 8am - 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8am - 5pm (CST).

    Sincerely,

    Charter High-Speed Internet Security Team
    http://security.charter.com

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    Last edited by famous45; 08-17-2008 at 01:58 AM.

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    in the notice, where it lists the IP address, does it match up to your home IP address? if not, then it's a fake.

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    If it doesn't come to your ISP e-mail from your ISP why worry?

    Anyways I don't think in canada we get such e-mails but from what I heard, many people get e-mails like that. How could they possibly prove that it was you anyways? For all you know, you had a trojan that allowed someone to take over your PC.

    http://torrent-download.to:5869/announce

    wtf does this tracker actually exist?

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    There is a link in there to the litigation resolution page. It's legit; even if you're not guilty.

    Sometimes your ISP will ask for a contact email when you signup and you'll forget that you ever gave it to them.

    Go to the page in the email and say that it is a mistake, they have an option for that. And I'd edit it out so no one uses it to falsely admit that you are guilty. It says you seeded for two days, from aug 10th-12th with said IP. Do you have that IP now, if so about hot long have you had it? If you have IP logs I'd be digging them up right now.

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    Hacked?

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    Do you have your DHT settings enabled in your client?








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    Eargasm's Avatar Whoa BT Rep: +19BT Rep +19BT Rep +19BT Rep +19
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunson View Post
    Hacked?
    This could very well be. If you downloaded a trojan someone could have just used you as a proxy. Has your net been slow lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemrod View Post
    Do you have your DHT settings enabled in your client?
    He didn't download that movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemrod View Post
    Do you have your DHT settings enabled in your client?
    Quote Originally Posted by Eargasm View Post
    He didn't download that movie.
    Sorry, my mistake.








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    Quote Originally Posted by Eargasm View Post
    There is a link in there to the litigation resolution page. It's legit; even if you're not guilty.

    Sometimes your ISP will ask for a contact email when you signup and you'll forget that you ever gave it to them.

    Go to the page in the email and say that it is a mistake, they have an option for that. And I'd edit it out so no one uses it to falsely admit that you are guilty. It says you seeded for two days, from aug 10th-12th with said IP. Do you have that IP now, if so about hot long have you had it? If you have IP logs I'd be digging them up right now.
    My IP is different now, but it changes all the time.

    I'm just tripping where they got my Gmail account from. It's not linked to my Charter.net account at all.

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    Eargasm's Avatar Whoa BT Rep: +19BT Rep +19BT Rep +19BT Rep +19
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    Did you send any emails on those days? Do you visit any websites/trackers that log ips and if you do can you ask them to look back at those days?

    I'm willing to bet money that you gave your email address to your ISP and forgot, or someone else did it. Either way, the ISP usually has an email on file for you. One that you or someone else on the account provided for them.

    Saying that, do you have anyone else in your home who uses a computer?

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