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#1 Posted by ch3burashka (5044 posts) -

I haven't (yet), but I do have a certain paranoia about it - whenever my speed drops, my gut reaction is SHIT THEY KNOW ABOUT MY BREAKING BAD TORRENT. I don't think I've gotten a warning yet, but I don't check the main e-mail that's associated with the account.

Have you (yes, you!) gotten a letter yet, or been reprimanded for it?

#2 Edited by FlamingHobo (4482 posts) -

@ch3burashka: I've had the same thought whilst using torrents (legal or otherwise.) Thankfully though I haven't received any kind of 'cease and desist' letters from my ISP and I hope it stays that way.

#3 Edited by Intro (1206 posts) -

No. Then again I delete the file as soon as the DL is done and never upload anything.

#4 Posted by crusader8463 (14419 posts) -

No.

#5 Posted by Fallen189 (4989 posts) -

We dont get this kind of shit where I live

#6 Posted by BIGJEFFREY (4971 posts) -

No

#7 Edited by Bocam (3722 posts) -

I've gotten a ton but my ISP doesn't seem to give a fuck

#8 Posted by Sin4profit (2924 posts) -

NEVER! ...but i don't download movies. I've had family members who were called out on it through their ISP while using illegal movie streaming sites.

#9 Posted by Wolfgame (707 posts) -

No, but could be because I don't pirate any content, I don't care if other people do, just don't complain if they bust ya at some point.

#10 Edited by benpicko (2005 posts) -

>not using usenet

#11 Posted by wemibelec90 (1631 posts) -

I did once, yes. That's what prompted me to grow the fuck up and buy the shit I want instead of pirating it. Much more sane now because of it.

#12 Posted by Marokai (2903 posts) -

I prevent this possibility by just not torrenting things.

#13 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5438 posts) -

#14 Posted by CaLe (3961 posts) -

No but I have gotten letters telling me that I'm in the top 0.3% of bandwidth users. They don't do anything about it, just advise some methods on how to use less bandwidth.

#15 Edited by squirrelnacho (331 posts) -

No, because I don't feel entitled to steal the work people put in to making cable television shows or Hollywood movies.

#16 Edited by awesomeusername (4175 posts) -

I got a letter once. I was downloading movies and got sent a letter saying that I had to stop or I'd get sued by the companies. So I stopped.

#17 Edited by Dot (163 posts) -

Nope.

#18 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1850 posts) -

What's it to ya, cop?!

#19 Edited by MetalGearSunny (6988 posts) -

I imagine you'd have to be pretty stupid about it in order for that to happen, like downloading a multiple movies every day or something.

#20 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1394 posts) -

I received one from Nbc a few weeks ago for downloading "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" for the Comedy Button commentary, i have the damn dvd somewhere....

#21 Posted by Hunter5024 (5635 posts) -

We've got like 5-7 letters for my house. It's because most of my family pirates stuff and they aren't very safe about it. I think only one of those letters was mine, it was for some wrestling ppv like three years ago that I accidentally left seeding for a week. Ever since I got a job I very rarely pirate stuff.

#22 Posted by Stonyman65 (2680 posts) -

Nope. I've downloaded a shit ton of stuff but I've never got a warning or even had my bandwidth throttled.

That being said, I've been smart about it too. I don't do it very often, and when I do it is usually low-profile file. Downloading lots of things in a short time, or even worse downloading high-profile files (like that new HBO show that everyone is watching) is just asking for trouble.

#23 Edited by RioStarwind (524 posts) -

At one point they let me know that I was using a ton of GB one month but they quickly figured out that it was going to be that way every month. Although at this point I stopped using torrents since streaming video covers just about everything I would want to watch.

#24 Edited by TehBuLL (608 posts) -

Only letter I got was when I got a new comp and 3tb external and decided I was going to install all 100+ games I had on Steam. They were just making sure my account and router were secure. I don't blame them. With Max Payne 3 being like 20 gigs on its own...it is still a work in progress but only a couple more to go.

Edit: I don't mess with movies or new music. Just buy it. I used too but there's too much heat movie-wise and I grew out of new music.

#25 Posted by ch3burashka (5044 posts) -

We've got like 5-7 letters for my house. It's because most of my family pirates stuff and they aren't very safe about it. I think only one of those letters was mine, it was for some wrestling ppv like three years ago that I accidentally left seeding for a week. Ever since I got a job I very rarely pirate stuff.

What the fuck do you mean "accidentally"? Are you saying you don't seed? Selfish bastard...

@ch3burashka: I've had the same thought whilst using torrents (legal or otherwise.) Thankfully though I haven't received any kind of 'cease and desist' letters from my ISP and I hope it stays that way.

I've always heard of "legal torrents", and I assume Bittorrent proper hosts actual legitimate torrents, but I've never encountered any in the wild.

Actually, I think the Humble Bundle are the only example of legal torrents that I know of. I rarely even use those; I usually download the music straight, or use the Steam codes. As funny as it sounds, using those legitimate torrents feels weird.

#26 Posted by Andorski (5287 posts) -

@intro said:

No. Then again I delete the file as soon as the DL is done and never upload anything.

Same here. I throttle my upload to 5kbps as I'm leeching and then delete the torrent immediately after it's done.

#27 Posted by Hunter5024 (5635 posts) -

@ch3burashka said:

@hunter5024 said:

We've got like 5-7 letters for my house. It's because most of my family pirates stuff and they aren't very safe about it. I think only one of those letters was mine, it was for some wrestling ppv like three years ago that I accidentally left seeding for a week. Ever since I got a job I very rarely pirate stuff.

What the fuck do you mean "accidentally"? Are you saying you don't seed? Selfish bastard...

That's exactly what I'm saying.

#28 Posted by RonGalaxy (3127 posts) -

I got an email a few years back, but that was it.

I'm more afraid of them, intentionally, capping my DL speed as punishment (yes, ISP's do that).

#29 Edited by Kaiserreich (692 posts) -

I don't seed so no.

#30 Posted by YukoAsho (2021 posts) -

@wolfgame said:

No, but could be because I don't pirate any content, I don't care if other people do, just don't complain if they bust ya at some point.

That's my position. If you're a pirate, you have to understand that the party isn't gonna be forever. I doubt ISPs TRULY care about protecting IP, but you can bet your ass they care about not having some freeloaders hogging literally ALL the bandwidth, especially cable ISPs.

#31 Posted by TyCobb (1966 posts) -

No because I know my ISP sniffs the traffic. It's all about secure connections.

#32 Posted by TyCobb (1966 posts) -

@intro said:

No. Then again I delete the file as soon as the DL is done and never upload anything.

That just means your ISP isn't watching your traffic or they aren't looking for the specific files you are downloading. Doesn't matter if you download the whole thing or not. Once they see a certain pattern come across, it flags you.

#33 Edited by Chop (1996 posts) -

Yeah and funny thing is, I never actually downloaded said movie. They just forwarded some letter paramount sent them about me, to me. It was fucking hilarious and kinda just proved to me how stupid and greasy that shit is. I used to download tons upon tons of TV and music...nobody ever said shit about the stuff I actually did steal.

Of course, I'm in Canada and I think our copyright laws are different? It's been a few years since I read up on that stuff.

#34 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2365 posts) -

This reminds me of the time I had to deal with satellite internet.

Ugh, why did I have to remember that.

#35 Posted by Slay3r1583 (608 posts) -

Are you a cop?

No, I haven't.

Then again the only thing I torrent are anime fansubs and nobody really does anything about that stuff.

#36 Posted by myketuna (1679 posts) -

Nope. Not that I know of. So I'm good. I actually don't pirate much of anything anymore, so I don't think I ever will. If I do get a movie or something, it's usually something old that I want to see, but am too lazy to dig through the mountain of DVDs to find and watch.

#37 Posted by UngratefulDead (68 posts) -

Once. Ironically while torrenting a game I already owned and couldn't find the CD for. Ya got me coppers.

#38 Posted by MormonWarrior (2577 posts) -

Nope. Gotten some of my movies/music/roms on my computer that way. I figure I have a good excuse if I do get notified (i.e. I have the physical copies, even though it's a hazy excuse).

#39 Edited by Animasta (14673 posts) -

movies? nope.

I did get a letter for torrenting one of the harry potter GBA games. in 2009. It was actually just part of a larger group, but that one game is the only one that I got in trouble from.

It was really dumb

#40 Edited by FengShuiGod (1486 posts) -

I haven't, although I'm surprised. I torrent a few things here and there, but nothing crazy. Mostly stuff I can't find anywhere, or that I already own, for whatever that's worth. There might be a certain popular fantasy series shown on a premium network that is based on some long books too. If I do get a letter I'll just switch over to a VPN or something.

I probably see more stolen stuff without attribution on Tumblr.

#41 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

No. I would send them an angry letter in response if they did so. If I want to max out my down and up bandwidth 24/7 until I hit my cap, that is just me using the service that I am paying for them to provide to me. The cap on my monthly data is really high, I've never gotten close to it even in months that I thought I might have gone over.

#42 Edited by Akyho (1601 posts) -

@ch3burashka: I have not had one for movies. But in 2009 I was sent supposed legal document from a lawyer's/solicitor's (I am in the UK) office. It was first a well known solicitor called Davenport Lyon but due to the complaints of their practise they stopped it, they were taken to court and fined thousands of pounds. It was a group called ACS:Law that took on the same practices that sent me the letter. It was made up of some people who had left Davenport Lyon.

Their entire wiki page is devoted to this scandal.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACS:Law

They were accusing me of illegally torrenting a game by Topcow, this game was Two worlds. I baught this game on 360 played it a bunch and realised it was a pile of shit. Why would I download it on PC?

I did not download the game ever on pc. I used torrents for videos since this was the time not every website would just upload ot youtube.

They wanted me to pay £600 and if I would not pay it they will take me to court and if I didn't not appear in court then it would be an automatic win for them and I would could be charged for £20,000 or more.

I was not the same person that this happened too, This video shows EVERYTHING that I received and how they found me thinking they had evidence.

They even accused people of downloading gay porn to people who would never watch gay porn.

It was a terrible time, I was ill for months after it. Since I went to a solicitor asap and the solicitor was besides themselves. They critiqued the whole thing, from legal terms down to the paper these "legal" documents were printed on and the basic practice of bullying you into paying up before a court of law is allowed in to weigh the evidence, since they can only win with this evidence by me not showing up. If I show up the evidence of my IP adress is so flimsy its not usable in court unless I pleaded guilty.

#43 Edited by Barrock (3525 posts) -

I work for an ISP. In our case, as long as you don't upload the movie you should be fine. So torrent all you like. Just remove it from UTorrent as soon as it's done.

We got SO many DMCA disconnects for World War Z last week. I saw one GTAV download. Lots of Star Trek.

#44 Edited by MB (12279 posts) -

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