So I got this email this morning from my ISP, saying that a company called BayTSP, working on behalf of Paramount Pictures, had found evidence that a computer at my router's IP address had downloaded a certain Paramount film using the BitTorrent protocol.
This is absolutely true, in fact, over the past 2 years, my housemate and I have downloaded literally hundreds of gigabytes of films, music and software from various p2p networks (mostly BT). But this is the first time I've been caught with my hand in the cookie jar (although it's slightly ironic because I never actually completed the download of the film in question).
Anyway they did not threaten any legal action in the email, just warned me that I should desist from infringing Paramout's copyright. So for now I've stopped all my downloads while I decide what to do next:
-stop using BT altogether?
-change to a different ISP until I get another warning, and so on?
-keep downloading but strictly avoid all Paramount films?
-use a different p2p protocol? (I looked into Usenet a while back but it was too complicated)
I think I'll probably proceed with caution by avoiding all Paramount content; the thing is, if these companies are scanning the BT networks and getting the IPs of infringers, how long will it be before I get a similar email from Universal, or Columbia, or whoever else is a major player in the MPAA?
Or, for that matter, how long will it be before the police kick down my door and seize all the computers in the house?
aranoid: (This is my worst fear since it would take me a good while to destroy all the evidence on my systems. But I don't think that can happen without sufficient warnings.)