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Old 09-14-2003, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My encounter with the RIAA

This actually got me pretty nervous. I'm going to change my ip also.

RIAA BOT 52 (1:16:23 PM): Hello, sir or ma'am, I am a Steve Jones, a representative of the Record Industry Association of America. We here at the RIAA are enforcing the copyright laws to protect the rights of the artists that we have signed. We have found you to be in posession of multiple files, illegally downloaded using a file-sharing program. I am here to give you a courtesy warning to stop these illegal activites, or we will be forced to subpoena your ISP so that we may take further actions against you.


Anyone else get this?
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Old 09-14-2003, 09:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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how did you get that message? via windows messenger or though the p2p program?

to bad there is not some sort of a proxy setting for P2P programs

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Old 09-14-2003, 09:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you're using AIM, simply disable IM's from people not on your buddy list. Then you have to accept it from anyone that IMs you. Technically, if the RIAA were to IM you and you never got the IM because you never accepted it, they can't do shit against you.

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Old 09-14-2003, 09:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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well, thats scary as hell. I haven't heard about anyone else getting one of these. If I were you I would
a) switch file-sharing networks and *NOW*
I think that MLdonkey is still clear from the sweeps, and I know that free-net is.
b) see if you can trace any information about the sender. You didn't specify how it came to you, so I'm assuming some sort of internal kazza message. Almost any other channel would scream bullshit.
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Old 09-14-2003, 09:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I received a similiar message through my P2P program (Kazaa) but from the CRIA. (Canadian version of the RRIA) No threats of supeonas, just a warning that sharing music files could result in trouble.
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Old 09-14-2003, 10:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Lasereth
If you're using AIM, simply disable IM's from people not on your buddy list. Then you have to accept it from anyone that IMs you. Technically, if the RIAA were to IM you and you never got the IM because you never accepted it, they can't do shit against you.

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I don't think they have to warn you before they sue you.

I've never had any problems or heard about anyone who had problems with eMule. It's a little slower than most but far fewer fakes.

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Old 09-14-2003, 10:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Obviously not in most cases, but since they DID give him a warning, maybe it would be different in other cases.

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Old 09-14-2003, 10:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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propaganda Try getting a modem that converts public IP's to private ones.

However it has the smell of the pasture about it...

If the RIAA sues all of us we won't have the $'s to buy their fuckin' music.
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Old 09-14-2003, 10:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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They won't sue me I had only one illegal song on my who computer. And Mad_Gecko you make quite a good point. And another thing this was through AIM.
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Old 09-14-2003, 02:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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if it was aim, it was probably someone you know pulling a prank on you.

also: http://techcentralstation.com/081803C.html
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Old 09-14-2003, 02:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How exactly would they know your AIM address when you're file sharing?
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Old 09-14-2003, 02:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It could just be someone randomly IMing people trying to scare them for the hell of it.

And since he didn't specify how he got the message, we can't do much more than speculate.
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Old 09-14-2003, 06:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hey prop, thanks for posting that. Now I can use the text to scare random people with WinPopup!!!
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Old 09-14-2003, 06:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yeah I think that was the cause of this.
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Old 09-14-2003, 06:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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interesting. those guys at the RIAA are scared shitless. we ned to start a CD buying boycott
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Old 09-14-2003, 07:53 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The CRIA? But I thought us canucks were immune to to the subpoenas of the south because file-sharing *is* legal here.
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Old 09-14-2003, 09:04 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yeah I wouldn't take it seriously, it's like those e-mail that say "Hotmail is suffering from Server strains. Forward this e-mail onto 100 people or your Hotmail account will be disconnected"
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Old 09-15-2003, 07:12 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Re: My encounter with the RIAA

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Originally posted by propaganda
This actually got me pretty nervous. I'm going to change my ip also.

RIAA BOT 52 (1:16:23 PM): Hello, sir or ma'am, I am a Steve Jones, a representative of the Record Industry Association of America. We here at the RIAA are enforcing the copyright laws to protect the rights of the artists that we have signed. We have found you to be in posession of multiple files, illegally downloaded using a file-sharing program. I am here to give you a courtesy warning to stop these illegal activites, or we will be forced to subpoena your ISP so that we may take further actions against you.


Anyone else get this?
A paragraph with obvious grammatical and spelling errors would point to someone trying to scare gullible people.

What does "I am a Steve Jones" mean?
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Old 09-15-2003, 07:21 AM   #19 (permalink)
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It's fake, its either a friend being a dumbass, or some board guy laughing his ass off.
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Old 09-15-2003, 08:22 AM   #20 (permalink)
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What the hell is the RIAA going to do when they find News Groups. No stopping that.
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Old 09-15-2003, 09:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I think that MLdonkey is still clear from the sweeps, and I know that free-net is.
Freenet doesnt work. I ran it on my linux box for days and days trying to use it, and it never did a damn thing. I found shit porn before I found an mp3.
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Old 09-15-2003, 12:07 PM   #22 (permalink)
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It's fake, its either a friend being a dumbass, or some board guy laughing his ass off.
Yes I think it was the second one and now I regret losing my files...
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Old 09-15-2003, 02:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
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its most likely bullshit man.. especcially if it came through aim..

one of your buddies pulling a prank...

you know how it goes...
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Old 09-15-2003, 05:39 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Reasons to dispute this so-called message coming from the RIAA:

1. Steve Jones is just too common of a name.

2. I don't believe the RIAA stands for "Record Industry Association of America", it stands for "Recording Industry Association of America."

3. I don't think that the RIAA would sent out warnings like this.
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Old 09-15-2003, 05:53 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I got this mail from some guy in Nigeria who claims he needs my help transferring 200 million dollars! What do you think?

Seriously. It's a H-O-A-X.
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