You Are Sharing Files

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 28, 2008
Updated • Nov 30, 2012
File Sharing, Internet

I just send a letter to your ISP telling them that you are sharing files. I did not have to prove my claims because I'm in high standing. Your Internet Service Provider is now sending a DCMA takedown notice / a warning letter / a three-strikes-and-you-are-out letter to the owner of the IP that has been found to sharing files illegally on the Internet.

No, I won't reveal my methods to you or anyone else. The evidence is solid and you have to take my word for it, and remember, I'm in high standing and trusted. My commercial interests do not play a role, I work thoroughly..

While this could look like a joke it is unfortunately reality in several parts of the world. Last to join the party are users from the United Kingdom who will receive warning letters send from their Internet Service Providers who received the information from the British Phonographic Industry who do not disclose the process of gathering the data in first place.

Scientific studies have shown that the data gathering process of most organizations that send out DMCA notices is flawed and provided access to several methods that explained why. One of the methods was to actively frame other users and they managed to get DCMA takedown notices for one of their network printers to prove the point.

There is definitely a problem with the system if the British Phonographic Industry has the unchallenged might and right to notify the Internet Service Providers of copyright infringements and make them send out warning letters to their customers.


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  1. Rarst said on July 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    >You don’t need a lot of papers to proof download when you have a log telling you that IP has downloaded 1gb of some file.

    Log? Log is bunch of text. I can make log in notepad that says anything.

    Logs are created by systems and as long as that system is secretive and unreliable (as it is with music industry spying) – results produced with it aren’t worth anything.

  2. David Bradley said on July 28, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    British ISPs are acceding to BPI claims to try and stave off threatened legislation that will force them to act. VirginMedia (formerly NTL) has already said it won’t disconnect or sue anyone even after sending out thousands of threatening letters. It’s all b*ll*cks, they haven’t got a leg to stand on.

  3. darkkosmos said on July 28, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Busting people on torrent or other p2p systems is way too easy, set up a tracker torrent and reap the results. You don’t need a lot of papers to proof download when you have a log telling you that IP has downloaded 1gb of some file.

    There are so many (nearly all) internet users downloading that this method just can’t go wrong.(on a side note, I don’t have to gather any data to proof people are downloading, in my school I can grantee you that everybody is using limewire and if I get pissed off they will be all getting letters >:D

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