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False Accusations in “Tree-Strikes” Regime

False Accusations in “Tree-Strikes” Regime

Added: Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Today’s digital world is fascinated with the idea of a “three-strikes” regime, which means the user can kiss his Internet connection goodbye after receiving the third warning of violating the copyright law. However, the countries that decide to try this regime, should take into account that some false copyright accusations can occur.


What is the main problem of false accusations? The answer is obvious – whether it’s accurate or false, the accusation is still an accusation – one of those three you can get receive as a user for getting disconnected forever.

It has been widely discussed that in regime of such type the system of revealing infringers depends on a right of the copyright owners to catch an alleged violator. But this method is still criticized for its deficiency – an IP address (which is the only thing you can track online) may only lead you to a machine, but the identity of an infringer can’t be pointed out for sure, as it can be not only the owner of connection and the machine, but also any person able to steal their Wi-Fi connection. False accusations may also happen due to a simple system abuse, faulty investigation ways or a fake IP address.

Some of the wrongly accused are students. As we all know, in University dorms lots of people are packed tightly together, which influences the Internet connection too. Usually, a couple of countless Wi-Fi hotspots are not secured properly or just being hacked, which leads to false accusations of their owners.

The only advice for all those experiencing such troubles is to address your administrator and ask about what you should do in case you receive a copyright complaint by mistake. The University is quite a powerful institution and should be able to resolve such copyright disputes. And, of course, consulting for how to secure your Wi-Fi connection won’t hurt.

Another widespread case of false take downs is free speech – on YouTube, for example. People who don’t like any clip there may use copyright accusations to take it down. Not that fair, but it happens there and here.

Moreover, there can be not only individuals targeted, but even entire support groups devoted to wrong accusations. One of the support pages reveals fifteen cases of copyright claims probably targeting the wrong users, and that can be just the tip of the iceberg.

May 12th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site Friend (2010-05-12 16:49:01)
magiccrack avatarSuper Article, thanx SaM

posted by (2010-05-13 10:00:33)
Flibbertyjig avatarMoral of the story - Don't go round hitting trees otherwise you'll be falsely accused!! ......... like the article title says ;) LMAO

posted by (2010-05-13 13:41:20)
kingtiger01 avatarheres a idea, Step1. Take over ISP's network. Step2. Set-up a Log-Editing Script. Step3. Set up a Monitoring Script. Step4. Profit and Enjoy. :D

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