Who would’ve thought the day would come where we can watch the latest movies and series via the internet? With a fast internet connection and enough internet data it’s possible. And it’s great having everything your heart desires at your disposal – whatever you need, just download it! It may not be entirely legal, but really, how will a movie company in Hollywood track you down in the middle of nowhere?!
Unfortunately this is the mistake many people make. Until last year television networks and film companies weren’t geared to trace and stop downloading and distribution of illegal movies. It was just too difficult and not cost efficient, however, since the end of last year, things started to change.
Information Technology has already received quite a substantial amount of e-mails from companies such as Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures indicating that illegal, copyrighted material is being downloaded and seeded (distributed) from IP addresses within the university’s network. (See an example of the e-mail received from Columbia below) These e-mails include the specific IP address, as well as the material downloaded and distributed. This forces IT to contact the owner of the address and send a written warning.
The distribution or seeding of copyrighted material without a licence is both a criminal and civil offence in South Africa, even if distribution takes place from BitTorrent. In South Africa, under the Copyright Law of 1978, you can be sentenced for up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to R10,000 for each item you distribute.
Between 2010 and 2012, 200,000 people have been sued for uploading and downloading copyright material via BitTorrent.
So before you download the latest episode of your favourite series from Pirate Bay, consider the consequences. It might be safer to pay your DSTV subscription or support Mr Video. If you want the latest entertainment, consider subscribing to a service such as Netflix or rather legally watch movies online.
How does BitTorrent and seeding work?
We are writing this letter on behalf of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (“Rights Holder”) who own certain rights under copyright law in the title White House Down.
You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These actions include:
1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any motion pictures or TV shows owned or distributed by Rights Holder; and
2. Permanently delete from your computer(s) all unauthorized copies you may have already made of these movies and TV shows.
If this notice is being received by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), please forward the notice to the individual associated with the activities.
The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for protection of Rights Holder copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.
Below is the detail for your reference:
- ————- Infringement Details ———————————-
Title: White House Down
IP Address: 146.232.***.**
Torrent Hash: *************************************