For past months, MPAA has sent Google dozens of copyright infringement warnings of affiliated movies studios. While most of these notices are directed at users of Google's public Wi-Fi service, a few also appear to be directed at employees at Google's headquarters with information on employees who have allegedly downloaded movies via BitTorrent. The movie studios aren't happy and are warning the search giant that it might get disconnected from the Internet.
The most recent notices received by Google were sent on behalf of Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures for the illicit sharing of The Fighter and The Green Hornet respectively. In total, Google has published 20+ of these warning letters in the last 30 days.
Copyright infringement also violates your ISP's terms of service and could lead to limitation or suspension of your Internet service. You should take immediate action to prevent your Internet account from being used for illegal activities.
The process works as follows:
The copyright holders hire companies such as BayTSP and MediaSentry to track down people who share certain titles on BitTorrent and other file-sharing networks. These companies then join the swarm and request files from others. When someone shares a piece of the file with them, they log the IP-address, look up the ISP and send out an infringement notice automatically.
Most of the notices are sent out to the larger ISPs who're then asked to forward them to the customers in question, but search giant Google has also been receiving quite a few. A search on ChillingEffects -- a site that collects some of the DMCA notices that are sent to Google -- reveals that more than 100 of these automated warnings were sent to Google in the past several months.
At the bottom of each notice there is generally some info about the alleged infringer, in the following format.
Infringing Work: The Green Hornet
First Found: 2 Feb 2011 16:57:21 EST (GMT -0500)
Last Found: 2 Feb 2011 16:57:21 EST (GMT -0500)
IP Address: 216.239.XXX.XXX
IP Port: 14077
Torrent InfoHash: 42708AA384CF93EC6B67E6CEFB6E27B32362F689
Containing file(s): The Green Hornet TS(iPod.Zune.PSP).torrent (442,480,008 bytes)
[tags]mpaa,torrents,bittorrent,film studios,paramount pictures,columbia pictures,file sharing[/tags]