[LINK] A salutory lesson: FW: Case ID 1xxxxxxxx8 - Notice of Claimed Infringement

grove at zeta.org.au grove at zeta.org.au
Wed Sep 1 11:44:28 EST 2010

one of my work mates had a bit of trouble with the "media police" over 
the weekend.   He's written up a synopsis of what occured 
and I asked him if I could post it here for your enjoyment.....

One answer from our security guys is to never respond to these 
emails - they then have a valid contact if you do....

Sorry for the length of this but I found it interesting 
enough to post to Link!


Rachel Polanskis                 Kingswood, Greater Western Sydney, Australia
grove at zeta.org.au                http://www.zeta.org.au/~grove/grove.html
    "The perversity of the Universe tends towards a maximum." - Finagle's Law

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Subject: [eso] A salutory lesson: FW: Case ID 1xxxxxxxx8 - Notice of Claimed Infringement

Dear all,

Just to demonstrate how easy it is to get into trouble, on Saturday my kids had 
a LAN party and their friends brought in Laptops/PCs and connected to my 

Unbeknownst to me at the time one of them had a BitTorrent client with active 
unthrottled seeding on an a known torrent port ("You stoopid smelly slackers, 
git offa my lawn you kids 'n git a hair cut 'n git a job!") which went gang 
busters after attaching to my beautiful connection and banged up 1.3 gig of 
some dreary so called comedy, "Grown Ups."

I've responded below in what I felt was the appropriate cranky if slightly 
technically befuddled parent tone (you can't afford to appear too technical or 
clever with these people - if they're like us and spot someone technologically 
savvy they'll think, "Hmmm smartarse, what else have you been getting up to?").

So, the sequence from bottom up,

1.      Some dumb mutt teenager with improperly an configured 
BitTorrent/µTorrent/Azureus/LimeWire whatever and unrestricted seeding connects 
to my LAN and his bit torrent starts abusing my bandwidth.

2.      The original seed is probably a deliberate plant by the sentry 
operators and torrents from a honey pot.

3.      Sony/Columbia's torrent listener triggers because the spotty twit faced 
whippersnapper uses a known port and doesn't know about the service randomiser 
or proxy surrogates.

4.      The sentry sends TPG an email.

5.      TPG forwards such to me.

6.      I go off at my kids because I've taught them better, I mean, I don't 
allow this kind of illegal behaviour in my house - we don't know anything about 
this kind of unsavoury practice.

7.      When I checked the times and dates and the movie I realised it wasn't 

8.      I responded to TPG.

9.      Forwarded response to Sony/Columbia Media Sentries.

My point now is this - they are watching and waiting, if my IP can be detected 
so easily on a one-off inadvertent offence (technically I suspect I could still 
be held liable as I would be responsible for any traffic initiated in my LAN) 
how exposed is the University where the scale of this is at a minimum 500,000 
times greater based on files we can see, meaning that it is probably then 10 
million times greater.



From: D
Sent: Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:15 AM
Subject: FW: Case ID 1xxxxxxx8 - Notice of Claimed Infringement

-----Original Message-----
From: D
Sent: Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:13 AM
To: 'SonyPicturesEntertainment'
Subject: RE: Case ID 1xxxxxx8 - Notice of Claimed Infringement

Dear media sentry operatives,

Your notice of claimed copyright infringement was forwarded to me by my ISP, 

I have responded to TPG with the following message and I am including this 
below for your benefit:


Dear TPG

I have looked into this and I believe this was caused by my children's friends 
who brought laptops or pcs into my home last Saturday.

We aren't familiar with the movie mentioned at all but my kids had a LAN party 
on the 28th August and I suspect one of the players had a bit torrent thing 
already running and the upload came from there.

Most of them connected to my wireless network and they were complaining it was 
"laggy" so I guess that explains it though a couple insisted on getting hard 
wired so maybe they were taking advantage.

I'm getting my kids to email their friends explaining that they got us into 
trouble and to get rid of this stuff. Next time I see their parents I'll 
mention this as well and show them this correspondence.

I find all this stuff bizarre - it's bad enough at teenage parties when you 
have boot kids for having booze now I've got to check their systems for these 
dopey programs.

Thanks and sorry about this.



-----Original Message-----

From: Copyright Infringements [

mailto:copyright-infringements at tpg.com.au]

Sent: Tuesday, 31 August 2010 3:05 PM

To: d at tpg.com.au

Subject: FW: Case ID 1xxxxxxxx8 - Notice of Claimed Infringement

Dear Customer (d at tpg.com.au<mailto:d at tpg.com.au>),

Attached is an email that TPG has received complaining about certain conduct. 
The IP address and timestamps provided by the complainant indicate that the 
conduct occurred over your TPG Service.

Infringement IP address:        115.64.xxx.xxx

Infringement timestamp (SYD):   2010-08-28 20:45:06

TPG does not condone the use of TPG Services for activities which are 
offensive, illegal, or infringe on the legal rights of other persons.

Such activities are expressly stated in your agreement with us as being a basis 
on which TPG may suspend or terminate the supply of services to you.

It is alleged in the attached complaint that you, or someone authorised by you, 
have engaged in such an activity. If you agree that you did engage in the 
activity, please cease it immediately. If you do not believe that you have 
engaged in the activity complained about or you believe that the activity is 
not illegal, offensive or an infringement of another person's rights, please 
contact the complainant as soon as possible and explain your position to them.

If you have any questions about this email or our Terms and Conditions, please 
contact Customer Service on 
customer_service at tpg.com.au<mailto:customer_service at tpg.com.au> or 13 14 23.

Thank you.

Kind Regards,

Internet Abuse Team

TPG Internet

E-mail: abuse at tpg.com.au<mailto:abuse at tpg.com.au>

Phone:  13 14 23

Fax:    02 9850 0813

-----Original Message-----
From: SonyPicturesEntertainment [mailto:SPECopyright at mc.mediasentry.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 31 August 2010 3:29 PM
Subject: Case ID 1xxxxxxxx8 - Notice of Claimed Infringement

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TPG Internet Pty, Ltd.
65 Waterloo Road
North Ryde, NSW  2113  AU

RE:  Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture Entitled Grown 

Dear TPG Administrator:

We are writing this letter on behalf of Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., 
("Columbia Pictures") who owns certain rights under copyright law in the title 
Grown Ups.

You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as 
having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted 
motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. 
This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take 
immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These 
actions include:

1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any motion pictures or 
TV shows owned or distributed by Columbia Pictures; and

2. Permanently delete from your computer(s) all unauthorized copies you may 
have already made of these movies and TV shows.

If this notice is being received by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), please 
forward the notice to the individual associated with the activities.

The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works 
constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code 
Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the 
Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright 
Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for 
protection of Columbia Pictures copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.

Copyright infringement also violates your ISP's terms of service and could lead 
to limitation or suspension of your Internet service.  You should take 
immediate action to prevent your Internet account from being used for illegal 

An MPAA website, www.respectcopyrights.org, offers step-by-step instructions to 
ensure that your Internet account is not being used to violate the copyright 
laws.  Also, the site can point you to an array of legal choices for enjoying 
movies and TV shows online. You can also learn there how theft of motion 
pictures and TV shows damages our economy and costs thousands of Americans 
their jobs.

Please contact us at the above listed address or by replying to this email 
should you have any questions.

We are providing this notice based on our good faith belief that the use of 
motion pictures and television programs owned by Columbia Pictures Industries 
Inc. in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owners, 
their agents, or the law.  The information in this notification is accurate. 
Under penalty of perjury, we are authorized to act on behalf of the owners of 
the exclusive rights that are being infringed.  This letter is without 
prejudice to the rights and remedies of Columbia Pictures, all of which are 
expressly reserved.

We appreciate your assistance and thank you for your cooperation in this 
matter.  In your future correspondence with us, please refer to Case ID 

Your prompt response is requested.


A Kempe
Enforcement Coordinator



Infringing Work: Grown Ups
First Found: 28 Aug 2010 06:45:06 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 28 Aug 2010 06:45:06 EDT (GMT -0400)
IP Address: 115.64.xxx.xxx
IP Port: 55286
Protocol: BitTorrent
Torrent InfoHash: F0DF07F896864E4190060036385334208C1913BB
Containing file(s):
(Kingdom-Release)-[www.SceneTime.com].torrent (1,366,038,400 bytes)


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