My nephew started downloading a movie the other night and went to bed. when we got up, the movie was finished. we closed Azureus. I checked my email and had THIS in my box: Dear Internet Access Subscriber: Charter Communications ("Charter") has been notified by a copyright owner that your Internet account has been involved in the exchange of unauthorized copies of copyrighted material (music, movies, or software). We are enclosing a copy of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice that Charter received from the copyright holder. It is possible that this activity has occurred without your permission or knowledge by an unauthorized user, a minor who may not fully understand the copyright laws, or even as a result of a computer virus. However, as a Charter Internet account owner, you can be held liable for this activity. As a personal computer owner and a user of the Internet, we ask that you be aware of the following: Violations of federal Copyright law can result in civil and/or criminal liability, including payment of monetary damages, costs and attorneys' fees to the copyright owner. See 17 U.S.C. §§ 504-506. In addition, Charter's Acceptable Use Policy explicitly prohibits copyright infringement by Charter High-Speed Internet users. Specifically, Section 3 states: NO COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT Customer will not use, or allow others to use, the Service to send or receive, or otherwise use any information which infringes the patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets or proprietary rights of any other person or entity. This includes, but is not limited to, digitization of music, movies, photographs or other copyrighted materials or software. Customer must obtain appropriate authorization from such other person or entity prior to sending, receiving or using such materials. Customer represents and warrants that Customer is the author and copyright owner and/or authorized licensee with respect to any hosted content and Customer further represents and warrants that no hosted content violates the trademark, copyright, domain name or intellectual property rights of any third party. Charter assumes no responsibility, and Customer assumes all risks regarding the determination of whether material is in the public domain, or may otherwise be used for such purposes. Charter is registered under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). Under the DMCA, copyright owners have the right to notify Charter if they believe that a Charter customer has infringed the copyright owner’s work(s). If Charter receives a notice from a copyright owner alleging any Customer has committed copyright infringement, Charter will notify the Customer of the alleged infringement. Charter may determine that Customer is a repeat copyright infringer if Charter learns that Customer has engaged in online copyright infringement on more than one occasion. Charter reserves the right to suspend or terminate the accounts of repeat copyright infringers. We ask that you take immediate action to remove the infringing material from your computer and stop its exchange. If Charter continues to receive DMCA notices regarding your account, or if you violate any other clause of Charter's Acceptable Use Policy, we will have no choice but to terminate your account. You may view Charter's rules and policies at http://www.charter.com/site/policies.aspx. If you need assistance in removing the referenced infringing material, please refer to the Security Center at http://www.charter.com. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact us at 1-866-229-7286. Representatives will be available to take your call Monday through Friday, 7am - 11pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7am - 4pm (Central Time). Sincerely, Charter High-Speed Internet Security Team http://www.charter.com/security --- The following material was provided to us as evidence --- [Part 0 (plain text)] -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Re: Unauthorized Use of NBC Universal Properties Notice ID: 14-5727704 22 Jun 2006 07:22:25 GMT Dear Sir or Madam: 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 Charter Communications 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 the NBC Universal Property or Properties listed below, or portion(s) thereof, is taking place. We believe that the Internet access of the user engaging in this infringement is provided by Charter Communications or a downstream service provider who purchases this connectivity from Charter Communications. This unauthorized copying and distribution constitutes copyright infringement under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act. Depending upon the type of service Charter Communications is providing to this IP address, it may have legal and/or equitable liability if it does not expeditiously remove or disable access to the motion picture(s) listed below, or if it fails to implement a policy that provides for termination of subscribers who are repeat infringers (see 17 U.S.C. 512). Despite the above, 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. The undersigned has a good faith belief that use of the NBC Universal Property or Properties in the manner described herein is not authorized by NBC Universal, its agent or the law. The information contained in this notification is accurate. Under penalty of perjury, the undersigned is authorized to act on behalf of NBC Universal with respect to this matter. 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 takento resolve this matter, making sure to reference the Notice ID number above in your response. mailto:X?subject=RE%3A%20DMCA%20Notification%20Notice%20ID%3A%2014%2D5727704 If you do not wish to reply by email, please use our Web Interface by clicking on the following link: http://webreply.baytsp.com/webreply...=14&commhash=f08e92eee7326b30e6ee6f4522921b9d 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, Aaron Markham Director of Internet Anti-Piracy, Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations NBC UNIVERSAL 100 Universal City Plaza 1220/2 Universal City, CA 91608 tel. (818) 777-4876 fax (818) 866-2155 X *pgp public key is available on the key server at ldap://keyserver.pgp.com ** For any correspondence regarding this case, please send your emails to X and refer to Notice ID: xxxxx. If you need immediate assistance or if you have general questions please call the number listed above. Title: 40 Year-Old Virgin, The Infringement Source: BitTorrent Initial Infringement Timestamp: 22 Jun 2006 07:18:23 GMT Recent Infringment Timestamp: 22 Jun 2006 07:18:23 GMT So basically they got me on the upload side, which means they are fishing the torrents. This should not come as a surprise, but I thought torrents were a little more anonymous. Anybody else received one of these? Are there some settings I can change to eliminate the chance of this? Any software? I don't want it to become a big 'this s/w is better' forum;just wondering if there's an easy fix. And yes, i know it's illegal. I'll remind my nephew of this. Darned kids.