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[liberationtech] Advice in dealing with potential copyright infringement complaints

Walid AL-SAQAF <alkasir admin> admin at alkasir.com
Thu Apr 5 01:42:43 PDT 2012


Thanks Andrew,

This is very useful information. I am hosted in the US but live in Sweden.
Might as well move everything to Sweden in this case. I guess it is safer
here though you may never know.

Sincerely,

Walid

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Walid Al-Saqaf
Founder & Administrator
alkasir for mapping and circumventing cyber censorship
https://alkasir.com <walid.al-saqaf at oru.se>


On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM, <liberationtech at lewman.us> wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 at 09:39:56PM +0200, admin at alkasir.com wrote 3.4K
> bytes in 82 lines about:
> : There appears to be an increasing tendency by movie producers as
> Paramount,
> : Universal, WB, etc. to track IP addresses of people downloading torrents
> : and sending complaints to ISPs connecting them to the Internet about
> : alleged copyright infringement.
>
> The keyword there is 'alleged'. Unless the allegation is
> filed by an organization in the same country as your server,
> you can safely ignore them. If you're in the US and receive a
> DMCA takedown notice, this template as a response works well,
> https://www.torproject.org/eff/tor-dmca-response.html.en. It
> works as a response to the spam bots that send billions of
> takedown notices and to your ISP worried about the billions of
> emails they get. My printer has received takedown notices too, see
>
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/06/laser-printers-found-guilty-making-available-crime
> for an example.
>
> : As a proxy service myself (through alkasir.com), what do you think is
> the
> : right approach if any of those companies complained that one of my IPs
> was
> : tracked downloading/transferring such copyrighted content?
>
> Talk to your ISP. If possible get your ISP to SWIP your IP range to you,
> rather than them. The spam bots will email you first, rather than annoy
> your ISP. In most cases the ISP just wants to avoid doing more work,
> such as having to forward messages to you and create tickets for each
> 'warning'.
>
> : Am I released from responsibility given the fact that I am merely a
> medium
> : like the cables/technology used to access the Internet? Furthermore, I do
> : not keep logs of my proxy server traffic at all, so I can't even track
> who
> : did the download. So what is the legal situation in my case?
>
> This is the same situation as Tor exit relays. We've
> developed a whole FAQ section on dealing with this nonsense,
> https://www.torproject.org/docs/faq.html.en#ExitPolicies, with links to
> more advice and experience.
>
> Welcome to the modern clearnet.
>
> --
> Andrew
> http://tpo.is/contact
> pgp 0x6B4D6475
>
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