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[liberationtech] Advice in dealing with potential copyright infringement complaints

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Thu Apr 5 06:28:23 PDT 2012

Copyright-wise, anywhere is better than the US, though I don't know the
status of Sweden vis-a-vis ACTA.

Jillian is mobile
On Apr 5, 2012 4:42 AM, "Walid AL-SAQAF <alkasir admin>" <
admin at> wrote:

> 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
> -----------------
> Walid Al-Saqaf
> Founder & Administrator
> alkasir for mapping and circumventing cyber censorship
> < at>
> On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM, <liberationtech at> wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 at 09:39:56PM +0200, admin at 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,
>> 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
>> for an example.
>> : As a proxy service myself (through, 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,
>>, with links to
>> more advice and experience.
>> Welcome to the modern clearnet.
>> --
>> Andrew
>> pgp 0x6B4D6475
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