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Comcast Network Abuse Email ? Are they allowed to do this?

I apologize for the n00b question. I just received this letter from Comcast below and am seriously worried. My question is are they monitoring my IP ports scanning what applications I use? Is this limited just to BitTorrent? Or is this just a scare tactic to stop me from downloading too much each month? Any advice on what to do would be greatly appreciated, please don't flame the n00b.


Notice of Action under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Abuse Incident Number: NA00000******
Report Date/Time: Wed, 17 Mar 2008

Dear Comcast High-Speed Internet Subscriber:

Comcast has received a notification by a copyright owner, or its authorized
agent, reporting an alleged infringement of one or more copyrighted works made
on or over Comcast's High-Speed Internet service (the 'Service'). The copyright
owner has identified the Internet Protocol ('IP') address associated with your
Service account at the time as the source of the infringing works. The works
identified by the copyright owner in its notification are listed below. Comcast
reminds you that use of the Service (or any part of the Service) in any manner
that constitutes an infringement of any copyrighted work is a violation of
Comcast's Acceptable Use Policy and may result in the suspension or termination
of your Service account.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, you may direct them to Comcast
in writing by sending a letter or e-mail to:

Comcast Legal Response Center
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
650 Centerton Road
Moorestown, NJ 08057 U.S.A.
Phone: (856) 317-7272
Fax: (856) 317-7319

For more information regarding Comcast's copyright infringement policy,
procedures, and contact information, please read our Acceptable Use Policy by
clicking on the Terms of Service link at »

Comcast Legal Response Center

Copyright work(s) identified in the notification of claimed infringement:

Infringing Work: The Wire

First Found: 12 Mar 2008 06:02:22 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 12 Mar 2008 06:02:22 EDT (GMT -0400)
IP Address: 67.41******
IP Port: 58799
Protocol: BitTorrent
Torrent InfoHash: 08CC9325CEB8C87D63C3CB24E53A8A1E003***
Containing file(s):
Wire,_The_-_3x10_-_Reformation.English.TOPAZ.DVD.avi (367,060,992 bytes)
Infringing Work: The Wire

First Found: 12 Mar 2008 06:02:22 EDT (GMT -0400)
Last Found: 12 Mar 2008 06:02:22 EDT (GMT -0400)
IP Address: 67.1*******
IP Port: 58799
Protocol: BitTorrent
Torrent InfoHash: 08CC9325CEB8C87D63C3CB24E53A8A1E003A***
Containing file(s):
Wire,_The_-_3x10_-_Reformation.English.TOPAZ.DVD.avi (367,060,992 bytes)


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None of the above. An owner of a copyrighted work (that you are sharing with BitTorrent, apparently) has notified Comcast of your actions and requested information about you. Comcast won't divulge your personal information without a subpoena (unlike certain telcos that go unnamed), but they will pass on the notice to you. You might want to knock it off.

Comcast-instigated TOS notices are generally about quantity of bandwidth consumption, not the content itself.
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Space Elf
Mullica Hill, NJ
reply to mastershake26
its the content owners who use services that download torrents and record the IPs of uploaders.

however depending on that case in the midwest we could find out the "monitoring" services the content owners use could have questionable legality.
[65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports

Saint Paul, MN
reply to mastershake26
I recommend you use programs that don't force you to share what you're downloading like Limewire and newsgroups.
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Runs from Clowns
reply to mastershake26
This has come up a time or two in the past. Please see this FAQ ---> »Comcast High Speed Internet FAQ »Has anyone received a warning from Comcast concerning infringement?

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