Got A Message from Comcast about abuse violations

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  1. EvanB

    EvanB Stunt Coordinator

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    i got an email today about a copyright infringment violation from universal. the message was as follows:

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    Please be advised that Universal City Studios, Inc. and its affiliated
    companies (collectively "Universal") are the exclusive owners of certain
    copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights in and to the
    renowned motion picture properties (the "Universal Properties"),
    including,
    > but not limited to those listed below this notice (the "Universal Motion
    Pictures").

    Notwithstanding this, it has come to our attention that the Internet
    site(s) located below, for which AT&T WorldNet Services is a service
    provider, is offering unauthorized copies of the Universal Motion
    Pictures. Universal diligently enforces its rights to the Universal
    Properties in all forms of media. As you may be aware, Internet Service
    Providers can be held liable if they do not respond to claims of
    infringement pursuant to the requirements of the Digital Millennium
    Copyright Act (the "DMCA"). In accordance with the DMCA, we are notifying
    you of infringements on an Internet site for which you act as an Internet
    Service Provider.

    We hereby request your assistance in ceasing the distribution, sale,
    and/or
    > offering for sale of the infringing VCDs, and any other unauthorized
    copies
    > of Universal Properties, on this Internet site and any other sites for
    which you act as an Internet Service Provider. Please contact me
    regarding
    > this matter at your earliest convenience.

    Under the penalty of perjury, the undersigned is authorized to act on
    behalf of Universal with respect to this matter and the information
    contained in this transmission is accurate. Please contact me regarding
    this matter at your earliest convenience.

    Finally, please be advised that this letter is not intended as a complete
    statement of the facts or law as they pertain to this matter, and that
    Universal reserves all rights and remedies.


    Very truly yours,


    Aaron Markham
    Manager of Internet Anti-Piracy,
    Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations
    UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, INC.
    100 Universal City Plaza
    Universal City, CA 91608
    tel. (818) 777-3111
    fax (818) 866-6339
    antipiracy@unistudios.com


    *pgp public key is available on the key server at ldap://public.pgp.com


    Title: Notting Hill
    Infringement Source: eDonkey
    Infringement Timestamp: 3/16/2003 3:28:43 PM PST (GMT-8:00)
    Infringer Username: None
    Infringing Filename: Notting Hill (DVD DivX).avi
    Infringing Filesize: 732852224
    Infringers IP Address: ************
    Infringers DNS Name:
    Infringing URL: ed2k://************:4662/Notting Hill



    how worried should i be and what can i do to protect myself?
     
  2. Matt DeVillier

    Matt DeVillier Supporting Actor

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  3. EvanB

    EvanB Stunt Coordinator

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    whats the point of having broadband then? i might as well get a 56k.
     
  4. Matt DeVillier

    Matt DeVillier Supporting Actor

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    there's plenty of legitmate material to justify broadband. I don't think you'll get any sympathy from this audience
     
  5. Rob Gillespie

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    That's like saying if you drive a sports car you're entitled to break the speed limit.
     
  6. Kevin P

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    It looks to me that your .avi file is in a shared location, meaning anyone on the p2p network can download it. I'd get it out of there, since your setup is allowing anyone and everyone to download copyrighted material from your system, which is "bad".

    KJP
     
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  9. JeremyFr

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    I can tell you as an employee of Comcast that they dont take this stuff lightly especially with an entity as large as Universal breathing down there neck. Be like the rest of us pay for you damn movies and quit being a means to corporations to tighten down on internet use, people like you cause laws to be passes like recently where one state has deemed routers & firewalls illegal due to the DMCA act.
     
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  12. JeremyFr

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    actually if you read the post he has this file in a shared folder through a P2P system therefore meaning that it is illegally available for distribution to other users so he is in fact breaking the law.
     
  13. JeremyFr

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    yeah I'll try to get a link here up in a few a guy at work found the story so I gotta wait for him to get back to me about where it was.
     
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    ya know as long as actors are living better lives then me I have absolutley no qualms in shafting them. perhaps if they acted and had a job at mickey D's just to make ends meet, I'd be more apt towards paying for stuff. . .

    In addition perhaps my shafting artists and actors will someday cause a shift in the industry from being a bunch of money grubbing hacks to a being those who do it because they love it and not for the money.

    and yes I do buy music cd's and movies, but I tend to buy music CD's from local bands that play well and sell them for 5$ at their gigs, I pay money for movies I enjoy watching. I hate my local movie theater because my home theater has better sound then them.

    am I right in what I'm doing? probably not, but I feel it's for the better so I'll maintain doing it.
     
  18. Steve_Ch

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    "In addition, the discussion of bootleg material is prohibited in this forum in any form. "

    Forum Rule 12..
     
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