ISP Accused Of Using One Unsubstantiated Strike From The ESA To Close Down Account
from the one-strike dept
Forget “three strikes,” according to some folks, there are ISPs using only a single claim of copyright infringement to kick people off their network. Reader Dez submits a story of a woman who apparently lost her ISP account after the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) sent a single complaint about copyright infringement on her account — a claim which she insists is bogus:
And then today I get a call from whoever last bought our account saying that they turned our Internet connection off because they received a notice from the Entertainment Software Association that claimed that we had pirated software.
…which is funny because the only thing I have torrented in the past year is Ubuntu. You know, Linux. Freeware Linux.
Needless to say she’s not happy. She apparently called the ESA, and they didn’t seem to believe her:
And also, fuck the Entertainment Software Association and your phone guy who didn’t want to believe that wardriving is a real thing or that perhaps one of our neighbors was using our wifi while I didn’t have our router locked down (while setting up the PS3 on the network), or even when it was (it’s really not that hard to hack a router).
Now, obviously, this is just one side of the story, but it does seem troubling that an ISP might be kicking people off with no apparent recourse after a single accusation (not conviction) of copyright infringement. Has this happened to anyone else?