BitTorrent downloads linked to RIAA and DHS

By Leeky
Dec 22, 2011
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  1. The recent launch of www.youhavedownloaded.com has been attracting an ever-increasing audience as internet users scramble to see what publicly available data is stored against IP addresses they use. For those…

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  2. well of course they have, how else do you think they identify pirated content? magic? They need proof. Think they can just look at the name and go "Yup, that's pirated". LOL
  3. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Eh

    Regardless, in-order to do so the RIAA and DHS require court orders in-order to obtain that kind of information or they themselves can be sued for copyright infringement. I smell a class action lawsuit.
  4. I don't really get youhavedownloaded.com. According to them, I don't exist in their database. I'm not exactly a rampant pirate, but I've downloaded my fair share of movies, shows, music and games through bittorrent... And yet, nothing. Truth be told, I feel a bit underappreciated

    Then again, maybe they only track users from certain countries.
  5. I am a pretty rampant downloader, and while I don't knowingly infringe copyright I use Blocklist Manager just in case any content providers have a different assessment :)

    http://download.cnet.com/Blocklist-Manager/3000-18512_4-55226.html).

    I'm not on youhavedownloaded.com either, and I've never downloaded a single virus from torrent files (more than I can say about 'legit' sources).
  6. andy06shake

    andy06shake TechSpot Maniac Posts: 326

    I will pirate till they come get my rig. Dont care a dam what they say i have downloaded, F**k RIAA very hard from behind!!! Id be more worried about my Mrs discovering my porn history, lol. People that can pay should pay! Everyone else= Torrents!!!
  7. mccartercar

    mccartercar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 111   +15

    You have a dynamic Ip address most likely you are a dsl user and not a cable user who most of the time have more fixed or static ip addresses.
  8. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Heh, they've been caught numerous times now infringing and always use the same excuse of 'someone else' or flat out deny & ignore.
  9. andy06shake

    andy06shake TechSpot Maniac Posts: 326

    Ive had a few letters demanding £5000 a piece. Its justs debt companys/lawyers chancing there arse. I wonder how many little middle class wombles have been intimidated enough to pay up? Since i dont have 5000p right now, never mind £5000 i would love to see them get a penny from me.
  10. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,378   +98

    That is how I understand it. A company can't just break the law the same as the accused has in order to prove they have. That would make them as bad as the person standing accused of pirating.

    But that said, the law is a finicky thing at best, and I'm constantly amazed at just how many loopholes lawyers take advantage of to get a conviction.
  11. Too all of you who openly say you pirate which is stealing (to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice) just remember another law that is immutable, the law of karma. Have a happy life...
     
  12. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Uh huh. That's why they're denying they did it and pointing fingers at unnamed third parties. When RIAA reps tell the press "We didn't do it, we weren't even there, and we'll never do it again," how can anyone doubt them?

    Geez.
  13. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    this site is broken, i don't see how it can say i've been to some torrent sites downloading some stuffs i've never heard of !!!

    humm, do i take for granted what's being said or do i start an investigation on improper use of my wifi !!?

    or maybe i'm just the unlucky guy who got that IP bailed to me after some pirate did some well pirate deed with it !!! ...

    cheers!
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,378   +98

    All depends on whether you have a dynamically assigned IP address from your ISP or a static IP address. If its Dynamically assigned then others will have likely had it before you, hence why it shows content you don't know about.

    But don't be lured into a false sense of security. Time and date stamps can be matched to your ISPs records if required, and it WILL show if you've illegally downloaded anything.
  15. andy06shake

    andy06shake TechSpot Maniac Posts: 326

    "Too all of you who openly say you pirate which is stealing (to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice) just remember another law that is immutable, the law of karma. Have a happy life..."

    Take what you do not have, but have what you cannot take, never hurt anyone weeker than yourself! 3 simple rules of a noble thief. Karma compels and promotes these actions, and has allways served me well!
  16. If you have dsl you most likely have a dynamic ip which means it changes. Your current ip will either show nothing at all on that site or everything people have downloaded who happened to use the same ip you've been assigned to. Just unplug your dsl modem for about 20 seconds and you have a new ip. If you have a cable modem, you can still most likely change your ip, just not near as fast. To change your ip with a cable modem just leave it unplugged for about 8 hours... if you have cable and your ip can change, 8 hours should do it. the only way to get caught from there is your mac address and/or your isp. to change ur mac address simply download k-mac (from a trusted source). As for your isp, your screwed. The only way to avoid ur isp is to go to some public wifi hotspot and download ur booty from there... just be sure you mac is changed when u do.
  17. Also, when you change ur mac while your at home (connected to the internet thru ur isp) don't change the mac to something like 00-00-00. That will red flag you as much as downloading anything illegal would. Just change a 'B' character to a 'C' or something along those lines. If your at a public wifi hotspot, the mac won't matter just as long as it's not your own.


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