I woke up today and I checked my Optimum Online webmail account for the first time in about a week only to see an email from Optimum Online that read: WARNING: Copyright Infringment Notification. After I put on a new pair of pants I read it and it said:
For those not in the know, Optimum Online is a broadband (cable) IPS in New York. I'm pretty satisfied with them so far, aside from them capping my upload in the past for what even I will admit to being abuse.
Cable Modem Mac: *****
REF ID: *****
We are writing as a courtesy to let you know that we have received
notification from one or more owners of copyrights claiming that their
work has been transmitted over the Internet from your account without
their permission. Copyright owners may include motion picture studios,
the recording industry or others who produce or distribute legally
protected material. (Please see enclosed notice(s)). We are concerned
that either you or a person with access to your account may be unknowingly
participating in certain file sharing or server-related activities that
led to this complaint.
As you may recall, the Optimum Online Terms of Service posted at
www.optonline.net require compliance with all applicable laws and
specifically prohibits the use of the Optimum Online system for copyright
We consider you a valued customer, so we wanted to let you know that if
the copyright holder pursues this claim, or if there are additional
claims, it could lead to legal action against you. We may be required by
law to release private information about you and to suspend, or even
terminate, your service. We want to help you prevent this from happening.
In order to assist you in your future use of our service, we encourage you
to visit www.optonline.net/copyright for tips and guidelines that we hope
will give you all the information you need to avoid further action on this
matter or on other matters.
We regret having to send notices like this, and we do not wish to alarm
you unnecessarily, but we have a responsibility to advise you of any
notices concerning your account.
If you have any questions about our Optimum Online policies, please feel
free to contact us at the Customer Service Center, 516-803-9311. We
appreciate your business, and look forward to providing you with
excellence in broadband service for many years to come.
[His official title]
Cablevision Systems Corporation
[-------Copy of Complaint------]
Received: 2005-06-27 21:13:05
Subject: DMCA Notification Notice ID: 14-1218253
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Re: Unauthorized Use of Universal Motion Pictures
Notice ID: 14-1218253
27 Jun 2005 23:23:21 GMT
Dear Sir or Madam:
Universal City Studios Productions LLLP and its affiliated companies
(collectively, "Universal") are the exclusive owners of copyrights in many
motion pictures, including the motion pictures listed below.
It has come to our attention that Optimum Online 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 Universal's motion picture(s) listed below is
taking place. We believe that the Internet access of the user engaging in
this infringement is provided by Optimum Online or a downstream service
provider who purchases this connectivity from Optimum Online.
This unauthorized copying and distribution constitutes copyright
infringement under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act . Depending upon
the type of service Optimum Online 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, 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
The undersigned has a good faith belief that use of the motion pictures
in the manner described herein is not authorized by 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 Universal with respect to this matter.
Please be advised that this letter is not and is not intended to be a
complete statement of the facts or law as they may pertain to this matter
or of Universal's positions, rights or remedies, legal or equitable, all
of which are specifically reserved.
All user correspondence regarding this notice should be sent to:
[URL removed by me]
ISPs may use this email address,
[URL removed by me],
or the contact info below regarding this notice. Please make sure the
Notice ID is in the subject line of any correspondence.
Very truly yours,
Director of Internet Anti-Piracy,
Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations
100 Universal City Plaza 2160-7E
Universal City, CA 91608
tel. (***) ***-****
fax (***) ***-****
It's long but basically, it says that Universal Studio's anti-piracy gestapo believes that I was uploading "Army of Darkness" on the fasttrack network (used by file sharing apps like Kazaa, Shareaza etc.). It seems pretty scary as I pretty much crapped myself the second I saw it, but apparently I'm not being sued. It's a notice that says I can not upload copyrighted material, blah blah blah. It's just a warning, but it sure scared the hell out of me, so as it stands I'm not getting involved in any file sharing.
Remember, it's not the download, it's the upload. Be careful where you get those l337 w4r3z from kiddies.