Knockin’ on my door

I came home to a nice supprise today, a phone call from my ISP in regards to a copyright infringement with the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). Apparently this Pamela lady called because I didn’t get back to the email she sent me on Monday. I never check that account so its a good thing they called. I was reading the email and it said I had 3 days to contact them or they’d shut off my internet. Guess it was a good thing she called today.

I promplty logged on to that email account and read over it. I replied and made sure to save a copy of the juicy stuff. Man, I love the MPAA. They nabbed me for downloading a copy of the Simpsons Season 2 DVD and the Season 1 DVD via Bittorrent. I checked the times in the notice and it was about 10AM, must have been in class and not around when it finished downloading to stop it. Oh well. I told my ISP that I had not completely downloaded it and have since deleted it as per their request in the email. I’m just waiting to hear back from them now. Good thing the MPAA didn’t catch me downloading seasons 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 that week also!

Click below to read the full article and the email from my ISP and the MPAA

This is a copy of the email from my ISP including the email the MPAA sent them.

11/15/04

RYAN DUFF
#### ### ##### ##
#########, PA #####
##########

Acct# ######
Email Name(s): ############, ############

Dear Ryan,

Please be advised that PenTeleData has received notification from The Motion Picture Association of America alleging that your account stands accused of and responsible for a copyright violation.

[snip]Partial email from MPAA. See below to read the full email from the MPAA to my ISP.[/snip]

PenTeleData is required by law to ensure that this material is expeditiously removed from your account. If this material is not removed in a timely manner, PenTeleData will disable your account.

Therefore, you are hereby required to remove the offending material immediately and contact us by responding to this e-mail or by telephone, confirming that the material has been removed. If we do not receive confirmation from you that the material has been deleted within three (3) days from the date of this correspondence, we will be forced to disable access to the material, which could include the termination of your account.

If you believe that you own the copyright, have permission from the copyright owner to use the material involved, or you have further questions regarding this matter, please immediately call the PenTeleData Abuse Department at 800.###.#### ext. ####. Again, if you do not contact us within the next three (3) days, your account will be suspended.

Future authenticated reports of copyright infringement and violations of PenTeleData’s Acceptable Use policy traced to your account will result in termination of your Internet service.

If you need additional information concerning copyright infringement, the following websites may help you.
http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html
http://www.theesa.com/piracy.html
http://www.copyright.org/anti-piracy/
http://www.bsa.org/
If you have any further questions, please call our PenTeleData Abuse Department by phone at 800.###.#### ext.####.
Thank you for your business and continued support.
PenTeleData

Pamela ######
PenTeleData/ProLog
Abuse Department
ProLog Express 800-###-#### ext. ####
Dial-up 800-###-#### ext. ####
Monday – Friday 8 am – 9:00 pm
#######@corp.ptd.net

Here’s the lengthy letter the MPAA sent my ISP

From: MPAACopyright [mailto:MPAA@copyright.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 3:29 AM
Subject: Case ID ######## – Notice of Claimed Infringement

MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.
15503 VENTURA BOULEVARD
ENCINO, CALIFORNIA 91436
UNITED STATES

Anti-Piracy Operations
PHONE: (818) 728 – 8127
Email: MPAA@copyright.org

Thursday, October 28, 2004

ISP: PenTeleData, Inc.

Via Fax/Email

RE: Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Motion Pictures
Reference#: ######## (M)
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
Date of Infringement: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:11 EDT (GMT -0400)

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) represents the following motion picture production and distribution companies:

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Paramount Pictures Corporation
TriStar Pictures, Inc.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
United Artists Pictures, Inc.
United Artists Corporation
Universal City Studios, LLLP
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

We have received information that, at the above noted date and time, the IP address ##.###.##.## was used to offer or to materially contribute to the offering of downloadable or streaming copies of copyrighted motion pictures. The title(s) offered included:

SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 1

Specifically, we have identified the following material as infringing:

——————————
Infringement Detail:
Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×01 – Bart Gets an F [rl-dvd].avi
First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:53 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:53 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,766k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×02 – Simpson and Delilah [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:53 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:53 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,774k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×04 – Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:54 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:54 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,548k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×05 – Dancin Homer [rl-dvd].avi
First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:54 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:54 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,636k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×06 – Dead Putting Society [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:55 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:55 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,458k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×07 – Bart vs Thanksgiving [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:55 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:55 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,440k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×08 – Bart the Daredevil [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:56 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:56 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,498k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×09 – Itchy and Scratchy and Marge [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:56 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:56 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,530k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×10 – Bart Gets Hit By a Car [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:56 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:56 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,496k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×11 – One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Blue Fish [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:57 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:57 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,446k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×12 – The Way We Was [rl-dvd].avi
First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:57 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:57 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,426k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×13 – Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:58 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:58 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 144,206k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×14 – Principal Charming [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:58 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:58 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,484k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×15 – Oh Brother Where Are Thou [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:58 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:58 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,560k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×16 – Barts Dog Gets an F [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:59 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:59 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,550k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×19 – Lisas Substitute [rl-dvd].avi
First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:0 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:0 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,460k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×20 – The War of the Simpsons [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:0 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:0 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,568k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×21 – Three Men and a Comic Book [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:1 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:1 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,486k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×22 – Blood Feud [rl-dvd].avi
First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:1 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:1 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,520k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 1
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×21 – Three Men and a Comic Book [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:11 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:11 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,486k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×03 – Treehouse of Horror [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:54 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:54 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,632k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×17 – Old Money [rl-dvd].avi
First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:59 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:22:59 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,436k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

Infringing Work: SIMPSONS, THE – SEASON 2
Filepath: Simpsons Season 02 – Complete [rl-dvd](1).torrent
Filename: Simpsons 02×18 – Brush With Greatness [rl-dvd].avi First Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:0 EDT (GMT -0400) Last Found: 25 Oct 2004 11:23:0 EDT (GMT -0400)
Filesize: 143,584k
IP Address: ##.###.##.##
IP Port: 52364
Network: BTPeers
Protocol: BitTorrent

We believe this information should prove sufficient for you to locate the material complained about herein; however, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or clarification requests you may have.

The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted motion pictures constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 United States Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the laws of other countries, international law, and/or treaty obligations.

As the owner of this IP address, we request that you immediately do the following:

1. Notify the end user of the infringement(s).
2. Remove or disable access to the material identified above. 3. Take appropriate action against the account holder under your Abuse Policy/Terms of Service Agreement.

On behalf of the respective owners of the exclusive rights to the copyrighted material at issue in this notice, we hereby state, pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17 United States Code Section 512, that the information in this notification is accurate and that we have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owners, their respective agents, or the law.

Also pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we hereby state, under penalty of perjury, that we are authorized to act on behalf of the owners of the exclusive rights being infringed as set forth in this notification.

Please contact us at the above listed address or by replying to this email should you have any questions. Kindly include the above noted Reference Number 17443986 in the subject line of all email correspondence.

IMPORTANT: If you are the account holder in receipt of this Notice and you wish to respond, please address all correspondence to dmca@copyright.org. Please be sure to include the Reference Number 17443986 in all communications.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Your prompt response is requested.

Respectfully,

Motion Picture Association of America



17443986
Open
Normal


Motion Picture Association of America
MPAACopyright

15503 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91436

(818) 995-6600
MPAA@copyright.org


PenTeleData, Inc.
David L. Masenheimer, Esq.

471 Delaware Avenue P.O. Box 197 Palmerton, PA 18071 US


2004-10-25T07:22:53Z
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BitTorrent

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Simpsons 02×01 – Bart Gets an F [rl-dvd].avi
147216384
Movie

Simpsons 02×02 – Simpson and Delilah [rl-dvd].avi
147224576
Movie

Simpsons 02×04 – Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish [rl-dvd].avi
146993152
Movie

Simpsons 02×05 – Dancin Homer [rl-dvd].avi
147083264
Movie

Simpsons 02×06 – Dead Putting Society [rl-dvd].avi
146900992
Movie

Simpsons 02×07 – Bart vs Thanksgiving [rl-dvd].avi
146882560
Movie

Simpsons 02×08 – Bart the Daredevil [rl-dvd].avi
146941952
Movie

Simpsons 02×09 – Itchy and Scratchy and Marge [rl-dvd].avi
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Simpsons 02×10 – Bart Gets Hit By a Car [rl-dvd].avi
146939904
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Simpsons 02×11 – One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Blue Fish [rl-dvd].avi
146888704
Movie

Simpsons 02×12 – The Way We Was [rl-dvd].avi
146868224
Movie

Simpsons 02×13 – Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment [rl-dvd].avi
147666944
Movie

Simpsons 02×14 – Principal Charming [rl-dvd].avi
146927616
Movie

Simpsons 02×15 – Oh Brother Where Are Thou [rl-dvd].avi
147005440
Movie

Simpsons 02×16 – Barts Dog Gets an F [rl-dvd].avi
146995200
Movie

Simpsons 02×19 – Lisas Substitute [rl-dvd].avi
146903040
Movie

Simpsons 02×20 – The War of the Simpsons [rl-dvd].avi
147013632
Movie

Simpsons 02×21 – Three Men and a Comic Book [rl-dvd].avi
146929664
Movie

Simpsons 02×22 – Blood Feud [rl-dvd].avi
146964480
Movie

Simpsons 02×21 – Three Men and a Comic Book [rl-dvd].avi
146929664
Movie

Simpsons 02×03 – Treehouse of Horror [rl-dvd].avi
147079168
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Simpsons 02×17 – Old Money [rl-dvd].avi
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Simpsons 02×18 – Brush With Greatness [rl-dvd].avi
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25 Replies to “Knockin’ on my door”

  1. Same thing happened to me man. Nastly little shock.

    Is the downloading illegal or the uploading? I can’t imagine the downloading would stick (I could have the DVD and just want it in a different form, which is allowed under Fair Use).

    At any rate, I stay away from SuprNova now.

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  3. The internets just ain’t fun no more. Some tips: Stay away from Suprnova… I got nabbed there too. Videos and music are definitely risky to download. Install a blocker like Protowall or Peerguardian. You’re still not 100% protected though as the blocking is only as good as the IP addresses in the block list.

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  5. Well. You got lucky. With a good lawyer, you have nothing to worry about. Why? When it comes down to it, beyond all the hoohah and smokenmirrors, basically because they nabbed you for the Simpsons. TV and MPAA different. You could have easily just videotaped or Tivoed each episode and burned them to DVD. So, it’s gonna take a little wiggle wiggle from your lawyer to get to that place, but really you’re gonna be OK and you may even be able to set a precendent! Whoohoo, lucky you.

  6. “Is the downloading illegal or the uploading?”

    I believe it’s the uploading. If you read their letter (and I found this one through google cause I received the EXACT SAME THING but for a different file, different ISP)

    their letter says… “the IP address ##.###.##.## was used to offer or to materially contribute to the offering of downloadable or streaming copies of copyrighted motion pictures”

    so it’s not really the downloading… it’s the sharing them for someone else to download. You are now offering it to someone for free….

  7. re: no’s response . . . you’ve got it all wrong. Downloading copyrighted material is an offence. The relevent reading is ” . . . or to materially contribute to the offering of downloadable . . .” by downloading an offered file you are contributing to the (illegal) distribution of copyrigthed material. Stealing is stealing fellas.

  8. re: anon: you failed to miss the key part contribute. While both may be illegal, you always go to the root of the problem. You dont’ kill a tree by snipping off a few branches, you cut off the roots one by one and the tree dies.

    They’re going after the root [uploaders] and aren’t worrying about the branches [downloaders].

  9. I doubt the cable company is going to can anyone’s account – they’d lose too much money 🙂 I got a notice from my company also – and the MPAA has decided to target the trackers now instead

  10. I just got nabbed for this on the 8th… COX (My ISP) Hasnt deactivated my account yet, but Im a little worried. I downloaded The War of the Worlds DVD via BitTorrent… I dont know what to do now, but Im a minor so I hope I can get out of it… No more BitTorrent for me 🙁 The letter I got was from Paramount… I deleted it (the only copy I had) but they have my IP and all that.

    Nick

  11. Downloading is not illega, it’s the uploading. This made clear a couple of years ago. So go shove your stupid law up your arse.

  12. I just got a letter from my cable company the my records have ben Subpeona. An ip address from my cable was used to download a movie. I have wireless network and I don’t know if that is the problem, but I have never downloaded any movies, have you ever heared of anything like this? Do you know what I can do about getting the MPAA know I haven’t done anything wrong?

    Thank you

  13. yeah as far as I know there is no real way for them to prove that your actually responsible other than pyhsically checking the disk….which i imagine that a simple EMP blast through the microwave might fix that…..yeah I would find a way to say that one of your neighbors or perhaps a wardriver must have magically connected onto your network and downloaded the software……a simple log file could even describe the events per MAC address…..GL

  14. Upload, download, it doesn’t matter. A copyright is a copyright. I suggest you look at copyright information at the Library of Congress which governs copyright law. http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html The following is their definition:

    Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

    To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;

    To prepare derivative works based upon the work;

    To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;

    To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;

    To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and

    In the case of sound recordings*, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

    In addition, certain authors of works of visual art have the rights of attribution and integrity as described in section 106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For further information, request Circular 40, Copyright Registration for Works of the Visual Arts.

    It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use,” which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions. For further information about the limitations of any of these rights, consult the copyright law or write to the Copyright Office.

    “Scots:” I’m curious, what is your source of information?

  15. I’m gonna tell you from personal experience that your ISP will close your account, because they get fined by the feds if they do not. It happened to me and I recomend that you stay away from illegal downloading and bittorrent sites. It was a really crappy way to learn a lesson.

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