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News How to Handle a Copyright Infringement Letter


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Are you downloading songs, movies or TV shows?

Your Internet Service Provider knows your IP address and can send Copyright Infringement Notice to you soon. So, what should you do if you have just received a copyright infringement letter from your Internet Provider or government agency like RIAA, MPAA and other?

Here you can find the best tips:

Copyright Infringement letters should generally be ignored. If they can't confirm that you ever received the notice, they're even less likely to go after you.

If you have received a copyright infringement letter, don't respond to it, don't visit the website provided, ignore threats of lawsuits and settlement offers, and if you are actually distributing the material in question, stop immediately.

The best way to avoid such a notice is prevention and education. If you have a wireless router and it is not secured or password-protected, you need to lock it down immediately. If you run BitTorrent client or other sharing software, it is a great idea to check for material being offered for upload by the software and remove it.

RIAA, MPAA and other Government Agencies don’t have your email unless you give it to them by replying. They send a complaint to your ISP with ONLY your IP address and your ISP figures out who that IP belongs to, at what time and your ISP sends out an email accordingly (read more here - You Could Be Liable for $150k in Penalties Per Downloaded Song)

When you torrent, you and all of your peers connect to a tracker and share your IPs. Copyright holders (Sony, Time Warner and etc) connect to the tracker, and collect the list all connected IP addresses. Then they give the list of "copyright infringers" to each ISP and the ISP basically informs you that they know.

ISP literally sees all your internet traffic, so they might monitor your every move. Now, if copyright holder wants to nab you, all they have to do is either bribe/threaten ISP to reveal your internet traffic,. Then, after they have your IP and logs that prove you've downloaded copyrighted file, they can legally and openly request the rest of your data from ISP.

If you don't want to get any copyright infringement letters or even be known on the internet or have your ISP have access and records of every site you visit – ExtraTorrent recommends encoding and securing your connection with a VPN. The VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service which routes all web traffic through a set of servers that hide your real IP from public view to ensure privacy and safety.


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Does a VPN Stop ISPs from Knowing Downloads?
The simple answer to the question, “Does a VPN Stop ISPs from Knowing Downloads?” is Yes. But not all VPN setups can in reality provide the service quality you need to shield your activities. Let’s go through how a VPN works to hide your traffic. Then we’ll take a look at what it’s good for.

How Does a VPN Work?
A VPN encrypts the traffic that is sent through your ISP to the VPN server that you are connected to. This prevents your ISP from being able to see in plain text what you are doing online. This includes the websites you open and any data that you send and receive. Some websites use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt your traffic. But a VPN ensures that everything is secured. Your ISP can see your IP address and therefore knows who you are. The VPN connection will hide your IP so that the only IP they can see is the VPN server IP.

VPNs create private tunnels that are encrypted. This ensures that no one can see what websites or servers you were exchanging data with. This is important to avoid suspicion if you are using questionable file sharing sites. Many of these sources have bas reputations although they do house legitimate content. You don’t want to be monitored as a potential content pirate even though your activities are completely legal.

To summarize, when you visit HTTP sites, they and all the data passed between them and you can be clearly seen. If the sites use HTTPS, their domains can still be seen, but the data is generally encrypted. There are still holes in HTTPS, however, so it is not totally safe. When you use a VPN, nothing can be seen between you and the VPN server. Between the VPN server and the open Internet, the traffic can be seen but nothing can be traced back to you. If you want total Internet privacy, you need to use only sites that are protected by TLS.

VPNs for Download Privacy and Security:
VPNs were designed to allow companies to securely transmit data. Today they are also widely used by individuals for personal data privacy and security. Serious VPN providers help you keep your data and Internet activities private from everyone else. Your ISP, websites, attackers, and even the government, cannot know who you are if you use a VPN that is unyielding about user privacy. You can trust a VPN to keep your activities private from your ISP if they do not keep VPN usage logs and records of your personal data.

Your VPN provider should be using the best VPN protocols available to give you maximum privacy and security. The best VPN protocol being used today is OpenVPN. For the best privacy for downloads, you need a VPN that offers OpenVPN. L2TP/IPsec is a good alternative for devices that do not support OpenVPN. Avoid VPNs that give you PPTP or plain L2TP VPN server connections. You should also be looking for a VPN that offers top level encryption. Some offer 256-bit encryption which is good but can be very slow. 128-bit encryption on OpenVPN is a very good balance between speed and security. You will need this most especially if you are downloading from a country that practices Internet censorship. This will protect you from your ISP finding out and reporting that you are downloading content that your government doesn’t like.