US Soldiers under German Copyright Troll AttacksAdded: Thursday, December 12th, 2013
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The Germany issued a letter of advice to US soldiers and civilians stationed in Germany, warning them about the consequences of illegal file-sharing. The authorities advised those who are affected not to ignore the threat but instead to consult a lawyer first.
The rights owners have launched hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against suspected infringers in Germany with the last few years, demanding settlements up to thousands of euros. Such trolling attempts are more mainstream than in other countries and have already caught the attention of the largest Hollywood studios.
For instance, Warner Bros Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures are actively patrolling the worldwide web for people downloading their content without permission. If they catch someone sharing their work, they send him or her a settlement request of a few hundred euros. Such letters were received by US soldiers and civilians in the military community in Wiesbaden. This was expected by many, because file-sharing networks and pirate websites are often the only way to access recent US films and TV shows.
To inform people about the threat of legal action, the German authorities prepared an advisory document, reminding that unauthorized copying is against the law. The letter explained that downloading copyrighted content and making it available to the public through P2P file-sharing software is an offense in Germany and the file-sharer can be held responsible for damages to the rights owners under German copyright legislation.
The brief also contained an overview of how the illegal file-sharers were caught, and advised people to secure their Wi-Fi networks to prevent strangers from downloading copyrighted content through their connection. People who already got a settlement letter were advised to take it seriously. Most of the requests demand a few hundred euros in damages and legal charges. Affected American soldiers and civilians aren’t encouraged to pay up directly, but instead to seek legal assistance. The letter recommended not to communicate with the law company and not to sign any document, or to make any payments.
It is unknown how many American soldiers and citizens have been targeted, but it is clear that the letter wouldn’t have been drafted on the basis of an isolated incident.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
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Thursday, December 12th, 2013
|Those are all very valid points. I wonder what the impact would be if the international community were to boycott products made and serviced by American corporations who are generally the monetary motivator behind many of these outlandishly stupid laws.|
|In Germany legal threats against file-sharers have been put on the radar of the U.S. Military. In a letter of advice prepared by the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, soldiers and civilians stationed in Germany are warned about the consequences of unauthorized file-sharing. The corps advises those who are affected not to ignore the threat but to seek further legal assistance.|
|Correct me if I'm wrong but if they are doing it on a military base, then that is US sovereign and does not fall under German laws. I remember back when Saddam went into Kuwait and the Saudi's wanted our help and had to give up a piece to make sovereign for a military base and did not like it because they want their laws imposed on our soldiers and were told to bad.|
|posted by (2013-12-12 22:36:41)|
|Got a fraking letter from these azzholes once. I demanded they provide a complete usable copy as proof of the file they claimed that was shared, NOT just IP, alledged file title, etc...|
Never heard from these azzholes again..
|its legal to download in switzerland, but not upload.|
downloading is no different than listening to the radio and taping it. that isn't illegal.
its just the companies way to make as much as they can any way they can while they can...
the same problems happened with cassettes, vcrs, scanners, photocopy machines, etc.
they were always scared of new technology.
i'm surprised the post office isn't suing to ban email since they are losing so much money.
|Does anyone other than the krauts and yankees (no offence tommy) really give a flying flook? and besides the germans have a hard neck pointing the finger at anyone.|
|posted by (2013-12-13 15:14:54)|
while that might be true what you are saying , but it would seam they are getting access using german internet provider. as it is being issued in germany and not US channels . so while they might be safe on base , ( but I doubt it the bases are not like embassies since they are on leased to them by the german government and those leases can be dropped at anytime and subject to laws of the land ).. but anyways as soon as they step out off the base you're screwed also considering alot of military members do not even live on the base and live in normal Germany households and APTs.. is another thing to think about
|The sovereignty issue is not in question the fact that a civil law is in breach contrary to military code of conduct in a foreign land justifies inquiry by local law enforcement and if memory does not fail me first the snowdrops (MP`s) allow the local trial and then they give you a 2nd military trial for bringing disrepute to the service and serious jankers in a military cell block depending on the crime.|
|if a serious offence over 2 years such as Lesley Grantham from Eastenders who robbed and murdered a taxi driver when on active service then you are dishonorably kicked and do 10 years in a prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Grantham and to be clear the MP`s will hand you straight over to the local authorities see that you have representation and if warranted ensure you get the maximum sentence you possibly can and a dishonorable discharge to boot.|
|If I received one of these infringement notices I would pull my plug out as if they are brought up on a charge by civil police they may only get a small fine, but then military justice can have them scrubbing out trash cans with a toothbrush for a couple of years for bringing disrepute to the service,so buy a burner smartphone boys and download from free internet hotspot outside of base anonymously university or coffee shops etc and if asked you found the phone and were going to give it in,lol.||
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