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Torrent Users Suffering Extortion - Guilt By Accusation
« on: December 01, 2009, 09:47:40 am »
Most folks know that certain companies have built a business model of extorting p2p users by threatening them with law suits, however what many dont know is that often these claims are more based on hopeful speculation that any real basis of fact.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/11/using-faulty-data-to-demand-settlements-from-innocent-surfers.ars

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Content industries are pushing "three-strikes" Internet disconnection laws around the world, but how accurate are the detection methods used to bust online infringers? Princeton computer scientist Mike Freedman says that there's still a big need for improvement after one of his projects attracted 100 warning and settlement letters in September 2009 alone, despite not actually sharing the files in question.

When a new machine joins a swarm looking for that file, it is given a list of all peers which are sharing parts of it, and it's a simple way for investigators to quickly grab long lists of "pirate" IP addresses.

This only works if a tracker is passing out reliable information—a faulty assumption.

In most cases so far the most successful defense mounted is one of deny the offence and stick your guns and make sure you let them know about your open wireless connection, an account holder is not responsible in the law for infringement unless they positively aided any such infringement, and also you do not have to investigate any such claims or name any other possible "victims", its for those making such allegations to prove not only when and how but who actually committed the infringement and by infringement I mean uploaded a file not downloaded a file, don't let anyone try to confuse you on this last point, only uploading is actionable in most of the globe. These extortion companies often seed the copyrighted file themselves to trap folks so please be aware of this while using torrent sites, needless to say you wont have this problem on winmx but in this day and age it seems many folks prefer to take their chances with BT in the hope that they will obtain a certain file at an increased speed, forgetting of course that winmx can do the same thing with its multiple source download facility, if your going to use torrents then stay alert and steer clear of copyrighted material or you may end up paying out for something you know nothing about.

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