UK broadband provider Talk Talk is a member of the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap), the new agreement whereby the UK’s four major ISPs have agreed to send out letters which are ‘educational’ in tone, aimed at ‘promoting an increase in awareness’ over copyright infringement issues, to those accused of copyright offences.
This very mild anti-piracy scheme (only agreed on after strong resistance to the notion by the ISPs concerned) is not due to come into force until sometime in 2015, so it is somewhat surprising to hear that Talk Talk has asked one of its resellers to forward a DMCA style notice…
‘Please see below copyright infringement email regarding an IP address of one of your clients, Please inform your client and take necessary preventative measures.”
Whether the reseller (Opal Solutions) compiled with this request is unknown, although the fact that TorrentFreak obtained the email suggests not.
The notice was sent over the sharing of a copy of ‘Godzilla’, and was a boilerplate affair that legal firm IP Echelon, working on behalf of Warner Bros., had not even bothered to tailor to UK law. The full text reads (courtesy of TorrentFreak),
‘We are writing this message on behalf of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc..
We have received information that an individual has utilized the below-referenced IP address at the noted date and time to offer downloads of copyrighted material.
The title in question is: Godzilla
The distribution of unauthorized copies of copyrighted television programs constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 United States Code Section 106(3). This conduct may also violate the laws of other countries, international law, and/or treaty obligations.
Since you own this IP address we request that you immediately do the following:
1) Contact the subscriber who has engaged in the conduct described above and take steps to prevent the subscriber from further downloading or uploading Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. content without authorization; and
2) Take appropriate action against the account holder under your Abuse Policy/Terms of Service Agreement.
On behalf of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., owner of the exclusive rights in the copyrighted material at issue in this notice, we hereby state that we have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., its respective agents, or the law.
Also, we hereby state, under penalty of perjury, that we are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive rights being infringed as set forth in this notification.
We appreciate your assistance and thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Your prompt response is requested.
Any further enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include this message with your enquiry to ensure a swift response.
Address: 6715 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028, United States
– ————- Infringement Details ———————————-
Torrent Hash: c5cdf551eea353484657d45dbe93f688575a1e31
Filesize: 2485 MB
As always, we encourage readers to protect themselves against such threats by using VPN whenever downloading using P2P. You know it makes sense!