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Old 02-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #1
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Caught pirating

And I don't mean by the navy off Somalia.


Do any of you ever worry about getting caught out downloading illegally? I was talking with a friend about it the other day, and he pointed out that once you've downloaded enough stuff, it doesn't really matter if you get more, because on the off-chance you do get fined, you're ****ed either way. But since then I've been quite nervous for some reason.

UK users, do you know what the penalties are? I had to research French and US ones for a project back in high school, but don't know what happens to UK pirates.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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I don't know exactly how it works but after talking to someone who works with the police, he told me that nobody gets in trouble for downloading but rather distributing. You have to seed something like 25 gigabytes worth of copyrighted material in order to get in trouble. This is the U.S. however. I have no idea about the UK.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:45 AM   #3
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And you will remember this day, as the day that you almost caught Neo Evil pirating.



Yes, i do know this is a trap by the british marine.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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I do worry about it but I also worry about death so that normally wins
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #5
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #6
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Admittedly you're probably as likely to be charged with being a Somalian pirate as you are with online piracy.


But yeah I don't download illegally anyway, so... personally, no I'm not worried.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:57 AM   #7
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It's not the downloading that gets you in trouble, it's the uploading/seeding.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:23 AM   #8
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in my first year of university when i was living in residence, i downloaded a cam recorded version of paranormal activity 2 and uploaded it onto the schools file sharing network. the next day i got an email from paramount pictures, telling me to take it off or i would be kicked off the network, and possibly out of the university for breaking the distribution rules. they also threatened legal processions but i highly doubt it would ever come to that. it was still pretty rattling, i took it down right away.

ive been more careful now but it hasnt really deterred me from torrents or anything like that
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:29 AM   #9
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hell nah

ive gotten a note from my isp for uploading something ordering me to stop

but the fact of the matter is that it's illegal for the isp to give my identity away, and what the **** do they care, my piracy is quite profitable for them
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:46 AM   #10
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The person who gets prosecuted is the person who's name the internet is in. Use a work/public one & you're fine.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #11
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:10 AM   #12
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UK users, do you know what the penalties are? I had to research French and US ones for a project back in high school, but don't know what happens to UK pirates.


If it's just your ISP they will go

*sarcastically waving hands* "Oh no, he's pirating...we are so angry and all that" Then they will send you a letter.

That doesn't stop certain law firms placing requests into the courts for the release of information to sue against however.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:13 AM   #13
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It's not the downloading that gets you in trouble, it's the uploading/seeding.


Good thing I never seed for more than a minute or two once the download is done, if that's indeed how it works.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:30 AM   #14
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:46 AM   #15
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The only reason I love living in this place called The Republic of Moldova, nobody gives two s**ts about piracy. Pirate for life!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:01 AM   #16
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No cause I don't pirate stuff....
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:06 AM   #17
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this is why you use direct downloads.

I only torrent software and anime. Software I don't seed, and the anime usually isn't licensed in America anyway.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:18 AM   #18
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Firstly, not sure if trap.
Secondly, I don't really pirate anything any more, primarily because the only good internet connection I have access to is at work and I wouldn't pirate there. Oh and I have spotify anyway.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:20 AM   #19
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I rarely do it anymore, so I'm not all that worried.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:34 AM   #20
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