Copyright Infringer Slammed Tracking Firm in CourtAdded: Friday, May 9th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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When the creators of the B-movie Elf-Man launched a lawsuit against an alleged copyright infringer, the latter was smart enough to question the evidence collected by the tracking outfit. In particular, he expressed doubts whether the German-based firm had the right to operate as a private investigator.
As you know, massive piracy lawsuits are seen everywhere in the United States, dragging on for years and involving hundreds of thousands of defendants. Normally, such cases are initiated with an IP address being the main evidence, which is collected by a file-sharing monitoring outfit. The latter uses special software to connect to the BitTorrent swarm sharing infringing content. The problem is that it can’t identify a movie pirate – actually, some evidence gathering methods can’t even confirm whether the ISP account connected to the IP-address was actively sharing the file. This was brought to the attention of the court in the abovementioned lawsuit. The alleged pirate was trying to find out how the “investigators” collected their evidence – thus far, with little success.
For example, the defendant wonders how the tracking firm can be so sure that the IP-address was not spoofed, and how they know that he was the person who used it to share the file. The problem is that certain BitTorrent software allows for IP-address spoofing. Besides, the defendant doubts that the investigators (who are involved with many lawsuits in the US) even have a proper license for operating as private investigators.
By the way, this wouldn’t be the first time that the private investigator issue has caused trouble for a file-sharing tracking outfit. For instance, a few years ago the RIAA’s technology partner was also found to have acted illegally because it lacked the appropriate and required paperwork. The same can happen in the current case.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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Friday, May 9th, 2014
|i dont know much about all this but it makes cents you cant track people by there IP-address|
when your download because now aday people change there IP-address more often then they change there
underwear lol .
|posted by (2014-05-10 04:34:55)|
|@Ghostface009: Your ISP is still supposed to know when your IP was assigned to your account or not. They'll have records for years. At least in North America. I'm not aware of easy ways to get new IP's, as the ISP assigns them, not the user.|
In my case, I would need to change MAC address of my routers, and then login to my ISP and remove previous routers to get assigned new IP's.
|Funny how I asked this question a while ago. I keep getting copyright infringement emails from my ISP, stating that I am in violation, and it continues with a long "spiel" which ends with information from an executive from the movie company. What can I do to keep from being tracked?|
|posted by (2014-05-10 14:53:51)|
|@timbo and ghostface spoofing is easy just be sure to change your dns to something like googles dns or somebody else. @3 you can use a seedbox to download your movies and then download them from the seedbox and your isp cant see the traffic you are downloading bc its all encrypted.|
|I've used this service for years and been very happy with it: |
|posted by (2014-05-11 05:34:42)|
|their there they're|
ffs, can't people tell the difference anymore??
|I had one warning like that from Comcast in the past. (My friend download something, but ISP is registered under my name". That very same day I have learned how crack other's wifi. Since I mostly use laptop, "I would start downloading somewhere else, then took the laptop back home"|
|posted by (2014-05-12 03:05:32)|
|Try Peer Guardian (that might be the old name ) i use it on another computer. and iblock lists.|
|sense not cents|
|posted by (2014-05-12 12:23:35)|
|just get a vpn with servers in numerous countries. Want to dl something? dl it from a country where sharing is legal. I currently use Iceland.||
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