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[liberationtech] Advice in dealing with potential copyright infringement complaints

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at gmail.com
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 alkasir.com> 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
> 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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