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Ongoing Dream Pinball 3D saga April 16, 2007

Posted by Al in : computers,interesting,Internet , trackback

A European company who have written and sold a fairly useless pinball game are pursuing legal action against thousands of P2P users across the continent. I have seen some of these issues in work, and cannot comment any further there. However the saga is still ongoing on the Internet, and this article details the process used to determine whether the person being sued was actually the person sharing the file. The comments are interesting, and a lot of them are completely incorrect.

An ISP will always have a log of which customer had what IP, and when. The “when” part is important, as mentioned in some of the comments, as that IP may well have been assigned to a different customer at other times, so accurate timestamps are required to know exactly which customer had the offending IP. As for whether it was you sharing the file, or someone else using your PC, or someone connecting through an unsecured WiFi connection: most ISPs would state in their User Policy that it is the customer’s responsibility to secure their connection and to control what their connection is used for. I don’t know what a court’s view on this matter would be, but I doubt that claiming ignorance would be a valid excuse.

As far as I’m aware, none of these cases have yet been through court in the UK. It will be interesting to see what happens when they do, as a precedent may well be set in the process. In the meantime – don’t download or share Dream Pinball 3D.

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