Film download problems

Film download problems

Downloading copyrighted films from the internet - illegally

What's the attraction ?

I know that some people like to collect things (coins, stamps, old post cards, cuddly toys etc.) and that some may want to build up a music and film library and be tempted to download music and films from the internet - illegally, but I'm not sure that the people who download films from the

Why do people download films ?

internet, do so, because they want to avoid paying to watch a film. It is more likely that they illegally download a film from the internet because doing so, enables them to see it before they are supposed to be able to see it - whilst it is still being shown at the cinemas. Of course, there will be those that illegally download films to hire them out or, re-sell

Setting Honey traps - tracking IP's

them for profit and those that just do it because they can - for the hell of it ! Whatever the reason, if you download copyrighted material from the internet, illegally - watch out, because you are being watched ! The owners of the copyrighted material are setting honey traps and tracking IP addresses.

Film download problems

Article first published 08-01-2011
We sit in our comfortable chairs in nice, warm, 'spare' rooms, slippers on, sipping a cup of coffee, listening to the local 'night' sounds - the crickets, the frogs, the sound of a gentle breeze. Lulled into a false sense of security by the comfort of our surroundings, we mouse 'click' and keyboard 'tap' our way through the darkest evenings.
Inevitably, having visited all our usual 'internet' haunts or, our 'safe zone' - the web sites that we are familiar with - the one's that we regularly visit and use - we become bored and end up 'clicking-around.'
Out of our 'comfort zone', we click on links that we normally wouldn't, in fact, we have clicked on 'that' many links, we
can't remember how we ended up in the place that we have, but we are intrigued by the offer that is being made on this particular web site - "Free Film Downloads"
The web site looks 'very' professional and they make it sound 'so' easy. Can it really be that simple and risk free ?
"What harm is done, if I just give it a try ?"
Before you decide, read this letter, sent to us just before Christmas. It is the result of one of the users on our network using freely available peer-to-peer software to download a free film from the internet.
Dear ****** Abuse Department:
RE: Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture Entitled "Salt"
We are writing this letter on behalf of Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., ("Columbia Pictures") who owns certain rights under copyright law in the title Salt.
You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These actions include:
1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any motion pictures or TV shows owned or distributed by Columbia Pictures; and
2. Permanently delete from your computer(s) all unauthorized copies you may have already made of these movies and TV shows.
If this notice is being received by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), please forward the notice to the individual associated with the activities.
The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for protection of Columbia Pictures copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.
Copyright infringement also violates your ISP's terms of service and could lead to limitation or suspension of your Internet service. You should take immediate action to prevent your Internet account from being used for illegal activities.
An MPAA website,, offers step-by-step instructions to ensure that your Internet account is not being used to violate the copyright laws. Also, the site can point you to an array of legal choices for enjoying movies and TV shows online. You can also learn there how theft of motion pictures and TV shows damages our economy and costs thousands of Americans their jobs.
Please contact us at the above listed address or by replying to this email should you have any questions.
We are providing this notice based on our good faith belief that the use of motion pictures and television programs owned by Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owners, their agents, or the law. The information in this notification is accurate. Under penalty of perjury, we are authorized to act on behalf of the owners of the exclusive rights that are being infringed. This letter is without prejudice to the rights and remedies of Columbia Pictures, all of which are expressly reserved.
We appreciate your assistance and thank you for your cooperation in this matter. In your future correspondence with us, please refer to Case ID **********.
Your prompt response is requested.

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