Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2012 22:06 UTC
Legal "If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider has been watching, and they're coming for you. Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12. That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials." One day, years from now, historians are going to debate whether this was the point of no return.
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RE: Warnings
by Soulbender on Fri 16th Mar 2012 03:45 UTC in reply to "Warnings"
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"Hey, somebody is downloading copyrighted content from your IP address."

It's not illegal to download copyrighted material, it all depends on the license of that material.
The logistics for figuring out if what you're downloading is illegal and violating someone's copyright is rather involving, at the ISP level.
* They'll have to capture enough packets to find out exactly what it is.
* They'll have to find out what license this material is under.
* They'll have to find out if you're allowed to download this or not. For example, maybe you purchased a legal copy that is distributed via BitTorrent.

Of course, they'll probably just wing it and do something like considering all torrent downloads illegal.

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