[QUOTE=Wombler;2658926]That’s very interesting to hear Alan although I’m sorry to hear you’ve experienced this.
How long ago did this happen to you?
Was it recently?
IP evidence has always raised very serious concerns though and I think the music and movie industry have deliberately avoided bringing this under the scrutiny of the Courts.
The difference this time is that they don’t have any choice as a Judge has ordered it so it will be very interesting indeed to see what falls out of this.
It was about a year ago, it came as a “Warning” from my ISP, but the threatening tone got my temper up, and the deeper threats about “If you do it again” (starting with a 30day suspension)
Frankly I’m still what some would describe as “furious” that I was accused in the first place, particularly over that stupid movie.
(I’ve never seen it but I know the story and think the person who the story is about just narrowly escaped the “Darwin Award” he truely deserved)
If you are going to accuse me atleast accuse me of something plausible.
I believe the specifics were that I’d actually “SHARED” the movie via some torrent, and frankly I find that rediculous, so does anyone who knows me.
Either that I’d do ANYTHING via a “Torrent” or that I’d either have or desire a copy of that particular movie.
On some OTHER movie there’d be SOME plausibility…
Ignoring the idea that I wouldn’t simply BUY a used copy of it from Amazon or Half.com (Typically $6-$10)
OR wait for a copy to turn up in WalMart’s $5 bin
OR simply wait for a copy to turn up in one of the local pawn-shops where DVD Movies sell for $2 each.
OR my favorite used record store where DVD’s sell for $1.
But that SPECIFIC movie? if someone gave me a copy I’d sell it on Amazon or eBay unwatched.
So when someone is going to accuse me of illegally downloading
episodes of the TV series “Stargate”? (I have the box set of DVD’s)?
And that leads to a philosophical question… is it illegal to download a digital copy of a media title you do own a physical copy of?
IF so HOW?
I’m sure if the MPAA has their way DVR’s would be illegal.
They already effectively KILLED the DVD-recorder, I had one and it would refuse to record many TV programs
"Your local broadcaster has declined to make this program recordable" It would record only the first 10 minutes
of some and then simply stop.
It’s native recording mode was onto DVD+RW discs saved as MP4 files, which was great, but it
would refuse to record 3/4 of what I wanted recorded.
Because of that stupid box I don’t have recordings of SouthPark episode #200 or #201
(which have NEVER been re-aired)
After discoving that it didn’t record those episodes I tossed it in the trash…
after carefully and methodically smashing it to prevent someone else from
getting frustrated with it.
Amusingly my Desktop computer with it’s factory installed TV tuner card
recording through Windows media center has never refused to record anything…
and the program “MCEbuddy” painlessly converts the Recordings to mp4’s