I got a letter from Cablevision Optimum Online saying that I was "sharing" files. I got busted for "sharing" Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho via uTorrent, and I wasn't even sharing. And this was, by the way, I downloaded the movie in November. I didn't even have the file on my drive by the time I got the letter.
The first part of the letter is Cablevision Optimum Online being faggots, something like this:
We are writing as a courtesy to let you know that we have received
notification from one or more owners of copyrights claiming that their
work has been transmitted over the Internet from your account without
their permission. Copyright owners may include motion picture studios,
the recording industry or others who produce or distribute legally
protected material. (Please see enclosed notice(s)). We are concerned
that either you or a person with access to your account may be unknowingly
participating in certain file sharing or server-related activities that
led to this complaint.
As you may recall, the Optimum Online Terms of Service posted atwww.optonline.net
require compliance with all applicable laws and
specifically prohibits the use of the Optimum Online system for copyright
We consider you a valued customer, so we wanted to let you know that if
the copyright holder pursues this claim, or if there are additional
claims, it could lead to legal action against you. We may be required by
law to release private information about you and to suspend, or even
terminate, your service. We want to help you prevent this from happening.
In order to assist you in your future use of our service, we encourage you
to visit www.optonline.net/copyright
for tips and guidelines that we hope
will give you all the information you need to avoid further action on this
matter or on other matters.
We regret having to send notices like this, and we do not wish to alarm
you unnecessarily, but we have a responsibility to advise you of any
notices concerning your account.
If you have any questions about our Optimum Online policies, please feel
free to contact us at the Customer Service Center, 516-803-9311. We
appreciate your business, and look forward to providing you with
excellence in broadband service for many years to come.
Raymond J. Connolly
Registered Copyright Agent
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Then the second part of the letter is from NBC bitching about my sharing shit. Second part of the letter is similar to this:
Please be advised that NBC Universal and/or its subsidiary and affiliated companies (collectively, NBC Universal) are the owners of exclusive rights protected under copyright law and other intellectual property rights in many motion pictures and television programs, including the title(s) listed below (the NBC Universal Properties). NBC Universal diligently enforces its rights in its motion pictures.
It has come to our attention that Rogers Cable is the service provider for the IP address listed below, from which unauthorized copying and distribution (downloading, uploading, file serving, file "swapping" or other similar activities) of NBC Universal's motion picture(s) listed below is taking place. We believe that the Internet access of the user engaging in this infringement is provided by Rogers Cable or a downstream service provider who purchases this connectivity from Rogers Cable.
This unauthorized copying and distribution constitutes copyright infringement under applicable national laws and international treaties. Although various legal and equitable remedies may be available to NBC Universal as a result of such infringement, NBC Universal believes that the entire Internet community benefits when these matters are resolved cooperatively. We urge you to take immediate action to stop this infringing activity and inform us of the results of your actions. We appreciate your efforts toward this common goal.
Please be advised that this letter is not intended to be a complete statement of the facts or law as they may pertain to this matter or of NBC Universal's positions, rights or remedies, legal or equitable, all of which are specifically reserved.
Please send us a prompt response indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter, making sure to reference the Notice ID number above in your response.
If you do not wish to reply by email, please use our Web Interface by
clicking on the following link:
Note: If your email program has inserted line breaks into either the
email or web links above, you can copy and paste the entire link in to
you email program, or favorite web browser, respectively.
Very truly yours,
c/o NBC Universal Anti-Piracy Technical Operations
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
tel. (818) 777-4876
fax (818) firstname.lastname@example.org
Does this mean I can't download shit again?