People Telecom gets piracy warning

People Telecom gets piracy warning

Summary: Anti-piracy agencies are targeting a select number of Internet service providers with e-mails warning of illegal movie and software downloads by their users.MediaSentry and the Business Software Alliance, which act for sections of the recording and software industries in stopping online piracy, respectively, have requested ISPs to clamp down on illegal file-sharing activity.

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Anti-piracy agencies are targeting a select number of Internet service providers with e-mails warning of illegal movie and software downloads by their users.

MediaSentry and the Business Software Alliance, which act for sections of the recording and software industries in stopping online piracy, respectively, have requested ISPs to clamp down on illegal file-sharing activity. If no action is taken, legal action would be taken.

Australia's People Telecom is one such ISP which has received numerous warnings. However, Telstra's BigPond, the country's largest ISP, has received none.

"We get hundreds of them, all the time. Every ISP does," said People Telecom CEO Ryan O'Hare, adding that the company has been receiving such e-mails since it launched 18 months ago.

A BigPond spokesperson said the company "did not believe it had received any such e-mail". At press time, other large Internet service providers including Optus, iiNet, Internode, Netspace and Westnet did not comment on whether they too had been targeted.

Upon receiving notices from anti-piracy organisations, People Telecom would merely forward the e-mails to customers in question and request for an end to such activities. The company's action is in line with its standard service agreement, which states that customers may not use its network to infringe intellectual property rights.

In two e-mails obtained by ZDNet Australia , the ISP said: "Please be advised that we have received a copyright infringement notice against an IP address identified as belonging to your account.

"We request that you check your PC for a virus and/or cease immediately from downloading copyright material. Should you fail to comply with this request within 48 hours, further action may be taken against you."

O'Hare said it was his belief that some ISPs didn't react to the e-mails, "because they say it's not their responsibility", but some -- such as his own company -- do.

"We always have, and it's part of the Copyright Act," he said. "We're trying to do the right thing."

People Telecom is currently involved in a court case resulted from a raid on the premises of its subsidiary Swiftel this March. The Music Industry Piracy Investigations has alleged that Swiftel hosted and maintained two servers providing access to copyrighted material via the BitTorrent application, which is enjoying rising popularity in peer-to-peer file-sharing circles.

O'Hare would not confirm whether his company was currently monitoring its users' traffic for copyright infringements due to the restrictions of the Swiftel court proceedings.

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  • Maybe the reason BigPond "doesn't believe it had received any such e-mail" is because they don't respond to the RFC standard "abuse@bigpond..." type addresses any more?
    anonymous
  • Of course BigPond recieves these emails, every ISP does, as is stated in your 'article'. To ****ume otherwise is ridiculous. Also, when you say that People Telecom "merely" forward the email on, what do expect them to do? They are complying with the wishes of the emails originating party. The email is targetted at the individual (and it is worded that way) NOT the ISP. Forwarding the email to the individual user is EXACTLY what they should be doing. I think you need to be more careful when wording your articles.
    anonymous
  • people telecom

    Your service was totally rubbish, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
    anonymous
  • People telecom

    The support service from people is the worst service you could wish on anyone. I waited 1hr and 20mins on the phone for a standard basic billing enquiiry. Shit service for a company that pretends to be community orientated.
    anonymous
  • sdasgfasfasd

    you suck!!!!!!
    anonymous
  • people telecom are a joke

    they are completely useless and stupid
    may they burn in hell
    anonymous