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You Could Be Kicked Offline For Piracy If This Music Industry Lawsuit Succeeds

• by Karl Bode

The entertainment industry is waging a major legal campaign to turn ISPs into copyright cops authorized to kick broadband users offline—based on what's often flimsy to nonexistent evidence of wrongdoing.

As it currently stands, if you download a copyrighted file via BitTorrent or another platform, you're risking a copyright violation warning from your ISP. These warnings are generated by investigators hired by the entertainment industry to track and combat online piracy, often by monitoring BitTorrent swarms.

Unfortunately, the warnings are often based on flimsy evidence, and the presumption that if a downloaded file is traced to your IP address, you're automatically guilty. Of course that's not always the case, the most common example being if someone decided to download the latest episode of Game of Thrones while sitting in your driveway using your WiFi hotspot.

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