News.com Prevents Falsely Accused Grandmother Of Getting Kicked Off The Internet By The MPAA

from the but-who-will-protect-anyone-else? dept

One of the problems we've had with the whole "three strikes" concept that would kick people off the internet due to accusations, not convictions, of file sharing, is the fact that we hear all the time about innocent users accused of file sharing. Greg Sandoval, over at News.com recently came across a grandmother who was falsely accused multiple times of file sharing, and her ISP, Qwest, was threatening to kick her off the internet. We had not heard that Qwest had signed on with a "three strikes" program, so it's a bit of news that it's one of the companies who will accept bogus accusations. Not only that, but Qwest even told her that no other provider would grant her service because Qwest would let those other service providers "know her name and what she did." Thanks, Qwest!

The problem, of course, was that Cathi Paradiso didn't share any of the movies or TV shows she was accused of sharing, and she works from home as a recruiter -- so losing her internet access would be devastating. But the only way she got Qwest to back down was because Sandoval and News.com became interested in the story and convinced Qwest to look deeper. But if Paradiso hadn't been able to draw attention to herself from the press, she would have had no recourse. There was no one she could appeal to, and no official process to respond to the bogus claims of Hollywood. She got lucky that News.com was willing to pick up her story and contact Qwest, but what about anyone else threatened with bogus notices? Meanwhile, BayTSP, the company whose "evidence" has been shown to be flimsy and easily falsified in the past, stands by accusing her of file sharing, saying it was her own fault for having an open WiFi network, suggesting there's something inherently wrong with sharing your WiFi. Yes, the company stands by its false accusation. Nice company.

Filed Under: due process, false accusation, file sharing, three strikes
Companies: baytsp, qwest


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  1. identicon
    :), 2 Feb 2010 @ 3:44am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Have you met anyone in your life capable of solving some problem that they don't understand?

    If I get a car(PC) exactly like yours and put your plate numbers(MAC) on it and use it to commit crimes would you like to be punished for it? would it be fair?

    Cameras on the street showed that your car did it based on the plate numbers(logs of the MAC address).

    If someone hijacked your car(PC) and used to do some crimes would you be willing to accept full responsibility for somebody else actions? I doubt that.

    How layman's will know they have been hijacked, impersonated or there was some mistake elsewhere if they don't know how things work?

    You just proved to everyone here that you know just as much as the old lady and probably would have fallen victim too and could be easily in her situation, and is just luck that you are not.

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