Comcast Is Now Terminating Repeat Copyright Infringers…

In a surprising move, Comcast has now revealed to TorrentFreak that they will be terminating the accounts of certain “repeated and egregious” copyright infringers.

Comcast, along with AT&T, Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner, participates in the ‘Six Strikes’ program.  This anti-piracy enforcement plan doles out a variety of punishments to repeat copyright offenders, but never included stipulations to terminate accounts.

In addition, Comcast has decided to punish outside of Six Strikes, by terminating the accounts of some infringers on their own.  Most other ISPs wait for a court order, but Comcast has told TorrentFreak: “a court order is certainly not required,” and that the company’s “interpretation of the law is appropriate”.

 

TorrentFreak points out: “Under what circumstances this would take place, and how Comcast defines ‘repeated and egregious’ copyright infringement, remains unknown for now.”

38 Responses

  1. Visitor
    Visitor

    “In a surprising move, Comcast revealed to TorrentFreak that they will be terminating accounts of certain “repeated and egregious” copyright infringers.”
    Not surprising at all.
    Seriously tough times are coming to Organized Internet Crime and Internet criminals as we speak.
    The biggest of them all — Dread Pirate Roberts and his SilkRoad — fell today:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-feds-have-been-investigating-silk-road-all-summer-heres-how-they-took-it-down-2013-10
    http://www.businessinsider.com/silk-road-seized-ross-ulbricht-arrested-2013-10
    BitCoin obviously goes down with him:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-bitcoin-collapse-silk-road-2013-10
    Next: Pirate Bay.

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      …oh, and this will be of interest to those who still believe they were anonymous when they used TOR and other services to hide their piracy and similar crimes:
      Before FBI closed Silk Road today, they located its server, copied an image of it and found– wait for it…
      957,000 registered accounts on the server!
      Ouch! 🙂
      Or, as the Business Insider puts it:
      “The bottom line is that if you were doing anything illegal on Tor or Silk Road for the last three years, you may be screwed.”
      Source:
      http://www.businessinsider.com/the-feds-have-been-investigating-silk-road-all-summer-heres-how-they-took-it-down-2013-10

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        • Visitor
          Visitor

          “I might add that an estimated 50% of the TOR network was comprised by the American Government in August 2013”
          …and that would be compromised…

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        • Visitor
          Visitor

          Here’s another funny detail:
          “As would be expected, Dread Pirate Roberts [DPR] was using a VPN – virtual private network – to generate a “false” IP address, designed to cover his tracks.
          However, the provider of the VPN was subpoenaed by the FBI.
          While efforts had been made by DPR to delete data, the VPN server’s records showed a user logged in from an internet cafe just 500 yards from an address on Hickory Street, known to be the home close friend of Mr Ulbricht’s, and a location that had also been used to log into the Gmail account.”
          More on BBC’s website:
          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24371894
          All in all — here are the new facts of life for pirates & pedophiles:
          TOR is history, and VPN’s are worthless.

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          • AnAmusedGeek
            AnAmusedGeek

            While I appreciate your enthusiasm, I actually read the court filing..
            At no point did the FBI claims to have ‘broken’ the TOR network, or VPNs. Nor did they present any evidence from those networks.

            What it appears the did do, was a bunch of google searches and email lookups to try and tie ‘DPR’/’Silk Road’ to a real world person. They also explained how Silk Road’s ‘bitcoin tumbler’ worked – which was rather interesting…
            In short it was good old fashioned detective work…
            And probably more impressive because of it.
            BTW – your constant cracks about pedophiles in the tech field do nothing to strengthen your arguements. EVERY industry has scum and assholes, but you dont see me mentioning:
            Pete Townsend, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Michael Jackson in every post…I’d like to think they are outliers and most in the music industry are decent people.

          • Visitor
            Visitor

            Ouch, this really hurts, eh? 🙂
            As for TOR…
            The Tor network has seen an estimated 50% of its super-secure sites compromised by the federal government.
            Source:
            http://www.businessinsider.com/dea-tor-malware-attack-2013-8
            … and VPN’s:
            “As would be expected, Dread Pirate Roberts was using a VPN – virtual private network – to generate a “false” IP address, designed to cover his tracks.
            However, the provider of the VPN was subpoenaed by the FBI.”
            Source:
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24371894
            Let me repeat:
            TOR is history, and VPN’s are worthless.
            And now you’re probably hoping that Organized Crime sites like the Pirate Bay can go on hiding overseas.
            But read this:
            “In July, the FBI identified an overseas hosting company used to host Silk Road, and with the cooperation of local law enforcement they obtained a complete image of the server, giving them access to all the private messages on the site.”
            Source:
            http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/10/silk-road-raided/
            No, not all pirates are pedophiles, but the two criminal groups are indeed very close today, very often defending each other, always hiding from ordinary people on the deep net behind services we now know are useless, and spending huge amounts of time and money on finding new ways to escape the law.
            Perhaps you have heard of TorrentFreak.com, one of the lartest and most visited forums for criminals on the web.
            TorrentFreak’s most popular guest writer is the notorious pro-child porn crusader Mr. Falkvinge, who also started the international Pirate Parties.
            Nobody has spent more time defending men’s right to abuse children than Mr. Falkvinge.
            Nobody has spent more time defending pirates’ rights to steal other people’s property than Mr. Falkvinge.
            And that’s how Mr. Falkvinge became the superstar he is in the pirate & pedophile movement today.

          • AnAmusedGeek
            AnAmusedGeek

            “Ouch, this really hurts, eh? :)”
            Not really – I’m just getting rather tired of your trollish, political inspired ‘think of the children’ crap designed to provide link bait to google, and build an association between tech, pirates, and pedophiles. You consitently try to paint me as ‘pro-pirate’ to act as a ‘foil’ for you thinly veiled political advertisements. Seriously, how hard is it to remember I’m the only one on the site thats not ‘into’ music ? I keep pointing out, I dont _listen_ to, _buy_ or _pirate_ music. I also encourage you to prosecute pirates to the fullest extent of the law…
            This is an age old political technique called ‘mud slinging’ – and if it doesn’t fool me, I doubt it fools anyone else here. I also love how you just side-step the pedophiles, drug dealers, and organized crime in the music industry – truly, your either a class ‘A’ hipocrite or a future spin doctor in the making.
            If you really want to continue on this childish path, we can take turns posting pedophile articles and smearing each other’s industries…Its amazing how much crap you can find about criminals in the music industry on google…
            Finally, your desire to spread FUD about technologies you clearly don’t understand does a great dis-service to the people (‘Agent-1’) that actually spent months/years of their lives running this scum to ground. There is no magic ‘easy button’ that let them do this – it was a lot of hard work. As a geek, I was fascinated ( and impressed ) by how they put all the pieces together. I’ve responded to some of your more glaring errors below.

            “The Tor network has seen an estimated 50% of its super-secure sites compromised by the federal government.”
            Do you not know the difference between a ‘site’ and a ‘network’ ? If you’d actually read the article, you would have seen it referred to ‘drive by’ installs of tracking software on browsers dumb enough to have javascript enabled. It actually says _NOTHING_ about the security of TOR itself. In fact, you could argue that they wouldn’t have needed to do this if TOR was in fact owned. This also provides an example of one of the security industries basic tenets: your security is only as good as the weakest link. Having a secure network linking insecure websites is rather pointless…

            “However, the provider of the VPN was subpoenaed by the FBI.”
            Yet again, you seem to be jumping to conclusions.. This doesn’t say they cracked the VPN or that VPN’s are useless. It says they looked at a single machine after the fact, with ‘root’ access. And the only thing they found was 1 single instance where the machine had been accessed from a public WIFI spot 500 feet from DPR’s house. Stupid on his part ? Definately, but that does NOT equate to a weakness in the technology.
            In fact, according to Forbes:
            “Agents found Ulbricht after Canadian border authorities routinely checked a package intended for his San Francisco home and discovered nine fake identification cards within,”
            ( http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2013/10/02/feds-shut-down-silk-road-owner-known-as-dread-pirate-roberts-arrested/ )
            So even with all the above, they couldn’t find him till the dipshit had phoney ID mailed to his _HOUSE_

          • GGG
            GGG

            I like you Amused, but unless you enjoy arguing with crazy people (as I admittedly do with Yves sometimes), I’d stay clear of discussing tech with this Visitor. They are at least 60 years old and I’m surprised even know how to connect to the internet. It’s amazing the amount of cluelessness that’s come out of one person when they clearly read a lot and are informed of the news. Unfortunately, they don’t actually know how anything they read about works.

            Having said that, I will agree with Visitor that this is a pretty monumental breakthrough in terms of infiltrating aspects of the dark net, though it’s not quite the clean sweep Visitor thinks, as you have pointed out.

          • AnAmusedGeek
            AnAmusedGeek

            Actually, this shows less capability then we thought they had…
            maybe the FBI doesn’t get first crack at NSA stuff.
            If your interested in _real_ crypto analysts think the govt (NSA mostly) can do, I suggest checking out:
            https://www.schneier.com/
            His stuff is pretty approachable for a layman.
            BTW – I don’t use TOR nor do I really believe anything is ‘secure’ anymore ( http://www.xkcd.com/538/ ) but logical fallicies, assumptions and FUD do not constitute ‘proof’

          • AnAmusedGeek
            AnAmusedGeek

            Oh – I _do_ use bittorrent (not TOR just plain bit torrent). Its a nice way to download linux distro’s and some of my online games use it for spreading the load around when they do updates, etc.
            There are legitimate (though boring….) uses for the tech.

  2. AnAmusedGeek
    AnAmusedGeek

    Sorry guys – I tried to play nice…
    for those of you wondering WTF is going on, a brief explanation…

    DMN is very highly regarded by Google. Which means Google gives more ‘weight’ to terms and links it finds on the Site..
    ‘Visitor’ is basically trying to run a ‘smear campaign’ to use DMN’s ‘clout’ with google. This is why he continually brings up pedophile’s and organized crime out of context.
    I’m sorry for offending the rest of you but I _WILL_ continue to post comments like the following as long as Visitor keeps up his childish attempts at manipulation

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      “‘Visitor’ is basically trying to run a ‘smear campaign’ to use DMN’s ‘clout’ with google. ”
      My god, you’re paranoid 🙂 — I honestly don’t have the slightest idea what you mean.
      Why don’t you tell us why this is so important to you — a person who never listens to music?

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      • AnAmusedGeek
        AnAmusedGeek

        “Why don’t you tell us why this is so important to you — a person who never listens to music?”
        Sure – I could give a rats ass about music, but tech matters to me. I’m not just gonna stand around and let someone run a smear campaign – regardless of their feigned ‘innocence’.
        Why don’t you try responding to the actual articles sometime, instead of trying to tie everything to pedophilia…..

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          • AnAmusedGeek
            AnAmusedGeek

            “Ah OK, thanks for clearing that up.”

            Was there any doubt ? I’ve only said it (in slightly more polite terms) about half a dozen times ? Think now you can remember it?

  3. AnAmusedGeek
    AnAmusedGeek

    The Music Industries Long Love affair with pedophiles, child Molesters and Criminals
    From Juilliard to Pop, the Music Industry is ‘riddled’ with druggies, pedophiles and child molesters. From high profile stars like Micheal Jackson, to unknown instructors like Julian Hallmark. Here are just a few of the highlights…
    Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins charged with child sex abuse.
    (http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2012/12/lostprophets-singer-ian-watkins-charged-child-sex-abuse)
    Popular Violin Coach Signs Plea Deal in Molestation Case
    ( http://santamonica.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/popular-violin-coach-signs-plea-deal-in-molestation-case )
    Pop Musician Roy Estrada convicted of sexual assault on a child
    Estrada was convicted of sexual assault on a child
    http://www.mtv.com/artists/roy-estrada/biography/

    Heavy Metal Guitarist Charles David Berlinghoff was found hanged in his Shasta County jail
    http://www.correctionsone.com/jail-management/articles/4607948-Suspected-felon-apparently-hanged-self-at-Calif-jail/

    Leprechaun busker/Musician unmasked as convicted child molester
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1176116/Leprechaun-busker-unmasked-convicted-child-molester.html

    Anonymous Musician / Child Molester caught within 24 hours.
    http://suebasko.blogspot.com/2013/05/musician-child-molester-help-catch-him.html

    Musician Dwight York serving 135 years for Child Molestation
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_York

    Always an over achiever…
    Musician Jerry Lee Lewis Marries 13 year old cousin!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Lee_Lewis#Marriage_to_a_minor
    And lets not forget Michael Jackson. Only the Music Industry would crown a ‘King of Pop’ charged multiple times with Child Molestation!

    Obviously, there is a connection between the recording industry and pedophiles! I don’t know what the connection is, but I’m sure google will figure it out!
    Next Time: How drug dealers finance the RIAA!

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    • Yves Villeneuve
      Yves Villeneuve

      I don’t believe any musician has openly advocated child abuse.
      I’m not and neither is Visitor accusing tech geeks and pirates of child abuse.
      When you have the leader of Pirate Parties advocating child abuse, it creates greater sympathies between these two sets of criminals therefore more cooperation between them.
      You claimed to be a book nerd. Do you buy your books? I ask because you seem to automatically equate tech geeks with pirates.

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      • AnAmusedGeek
        AnAmusedGeek

        “I don’t believe any musician has openly advocated child abuse.”
        No – musicians have just been CONVICTED of it. As far as I know, Mr. whats-his-name has not?
        BTW – I think gay marriage should be legal…
        Does that make me gay ?

        “When you have the leader of Pirate Parties advocating child abuse”
        Actually, he’s the leader of a political party and I don’t think he’s a spokeperson for the tech side of stuff in any way shape or form.
        “You claimed to be a book nerd. Do you buy your books?”
        I don’t ‘claim’ anything – but nice backhanded insult. And yes, I just finished ‘Steelheart’ by Brandon Anderson
        http://www.amazon.com/Steelheart-ebook/dp/B00ARHAAZ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380040228&sr=1-1&keywords=steelheart
        I don’t think it was worth the $8 I paid for it – should have waited to get the ebook from my library. But it wasn’t bad, I basically read it in one sitting so I couldn’t have hated it. I much prefered his MistBorn stuff….
        I don’t know if you have this where you are, but I can ‘checkout’ TONS of ebooks from my library straight to my IPAD via wifi. MUCH more convienent then going to the library for hardcopy, and easier to read with my old eyes. If your libraries offer it (ours uses ‘Overdrive’) I highly recommend it.

        You can also checkout movies and music (my library gives us a FREE Legal .mp3 download to keep like once a week or something.) I’ve never used the A/V stuff – but it could be a nice way to augment your music collection if your into that stuff…

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        • Yves Villeneuve
          Yves Villeneuve

          You are rationalizing, again.
          Anybody else openly advocating child abuse? I don’t know of any. You seem to equate gay marriage with child abuse.
          You accuse Michael Jackson of child abuse but was never convicted of it. I have no opinion either way.
          The Pirate Party is a political party that stands up for one thing only: Piracy. Again, you seem to automatically equate tech geeks with pirates.
          I did not make any insult. Geek or Nerd, what’s the difference?

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          • AnAmusedGeek
            AnAmusedGeek

            I’m rationalizing ? I listed a bunch of musicians that were convicted, and your continue to argue about someone who isn’t ?? You don’t even have the decency to say “yeah, we have some scum in our industry JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER INDUSTRY”… seriously, you just gloss over the whole thing?!?

            “You seem to equate gay marriage with child abuse”
            No – I merely pointed out you can support something you don’t practice or agree with. And I’ll take a pervert talking about molestation over (a bunch of) perverts practicing it anyway. Seriously dude, if you want to twist my words, your gonna have to do better then that.
            “You accuse Michael Jackson of child abuse but was never convicted of it”
            Actually, I said he was charged – I never ‘accused’ him of anything. Its a simple statement of FACT:
            http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/12/18/jackson.case/index.html?_s=PM:LAW
            As far as I know, Mr. whats-his-name has never been even charged. So “I have no opinion either way”. Now would you like to discuss all the musicians I listed that WERE convicted ?
            “The Pirate Party is a political party that stands up for one thing only: Piracy.”
            Umm – no, they are a political party that advocate a range of IP reforms, among other things. They also favor strengthening privacy laws, and transparency in govt.

            “I did not make any insult. Geek or Nerd”
            yes, you did – you said ‘claimed’ to be a book person, as if my telling you wasn’t ‘good enough’. You then flat out asked me if I steal my books. That IS insulting.

          • Yves Villeneuve
            Yves Villeneuve

            You are still rationalizing.
            You are mistaken. I nor Visitor never accused anyone of child abuse. I and Visitor only asserted a strong connection between two sets of criminals due to a leader of one of those sets strongly advocating for the other.
            Sorry, normal people don’t support something they don’t agree with. You are making another bad attempt at rationalizing your argument.
            Anything else The Pirate Party stands for is all for the main goal of Legal Piracy. You are still rationalizing, geek.
            Good luck with your continuous BS(rationalization). I’m ending this conversation because you are a waste of time. I only wanted to show this to others reading this site.

          • AnAmusedGeek
            AnAmusedGeek

            “You are mistaken. I nor Visitor never accused anyone of child abuse.”
            I never claimed you did – maybe you get should get some coffee? What I _DID_ do was call you a hipocrite for glossy over all the convicted child molesters I listed without even a second thought…Meanwhile, you want to beat a dead horse over someone who has never been charged. Everyone admits he’s a perv with a big mouth – why do you feel a constant need to bring it up.
            “two sets of criminals”
            Actually, there’s only one set of criminals (pirates) – well, two if you count the musicians molesting children. Mr. whats-his-name has never been charged with anything other then being a pervert with a big mouth. But Hey! Don’t let facts stand in your way…

            “You are making another bad attempt at rationalizing”
            Umm – you keep throwing that word around, and it doesn’t mean what you seem to think it does.

            ” I only wanted to show this to others reading this site.”
            I cool – I think GGG will be happy you’ve proved yourself a mental midget incapable of rationale discourse, and incapable of addressing any of my rebuttals. Your insults, logical fallacies, and name calling really showed how strong your arguement was!
            Feel free to protect all those child molesters in the music industry!

          • GGG
            GGG

            He proved that to me months ago when he said iTunes, Facebook, and god knows who else were all conspiring to and actively keeping his fan/play/comment numbers down hahaha.

  4. Katie King
    Katie King

    Comcast has told TorrentFreak: “a court order is certainly not required,” and that the company’s “interpretation of the law is appropriate.”
    Under the DMCA, ISPs have an obligation to take action against persistent pirates. That obligation includes the ability (if deemed necessary) to terminate the accounts of repeated and egergious copyright infringers. I do not believe that a court order is required because the interpretation of the law is left up to the company.

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      Private companies running their own private police force and court systems? Sounds like something from a dysutopian novel.

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      • Visitor
        Visitor

        “Private companies running their own private police force and court systems?”
        They just get rid of customers who violate their TOS. All companies do that.
        Some more than others, though. Take a look at Dread Pirate Roberts, for instance. 🙂
        His preferred way of terminating such customers were a bit more permanent…

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  5. Visitor
    Visitor

    I’m so tired of this story. The ISP’s sounding all tough. They trot out some version of this every six months or so and people get all excited but does anything significant ever really happen? Sure a few people get kicked off, but come on, really? If they were really doing anything meaningful, you’d be hearing about it outside of the bi-annual torrent freak interview where they say, “”we’re really cracking down”. ISP’s really aren’t DOING SHIT, are they?

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