I don't really check my email much, at least not my comcast.net email, as I have nothing going to it. Decided to check it today and lo and behold there's a DMCA notice. Now, I'm not going to be cute and say I don't torrent. I do, but I'm also nice about it in that I limit my upstream and downstream so as not to completely max my connection out. Gist of the notice as follows:
Infringement Source: BitTorrent
Initial Infringement Timestamp: 16 May 2007 10:30:16 GMT
Recent Infringement Timestamp: 19 May 2007 04:27:05 GMT
Infringing Filename: Heroes.S01E07.HR.HDTV.AC3.5.1.XviD-NBS.avi
Infringing File size: 722874368
Infringers IP Address: 71.xxx.xxx.xxx
Infringers DNS Name: c-71-xxx-xxx-xxx.hsd1.al.comcast.net
Infringing URL: »eztv.sladinki007.net:60500/annou ··· announce
Reading through this notice, there's several oddities. The first being the actual file name. The eztv tracker will almost always be limited to actual EZTV files, and something named as atrociously as this one, plus being part of another "scene" would never have been on their tracker. Secondly is the file size. Standard HDTV rip of an hour program is right around 360mb-380mb, not 700mb+. Third is the time in question. That was right in the middle of some of the worst of my issues with comcast, multiple disconnects per day, extremely slow speeds, etc. There's no way I was going to try to pick up anything I'd consider necessary like a back episode of Heroes with my connection on the fritz. There's also the fact that when this supposedly ended, I was actually at work being harassed by idiot customers who can't read price labels. Fourth, and this is the funny part, the last activity in my Heroes folder was back on March 7th. The last activity for this particular episode was back in late 2006. That and the file in question is no where to be found. Not on any drives, not on any temp drives, not on any removable media.
Now, before anyone gets wonky about my connection, it's a secured wireless network, WPA2, and it's secured with a ridiculously long password that I don't remember, but it's about 25-30 characters and fairly random. Yes it is shared by two other computers in the house, however, in my attempts to fix my connection, I'd disabled the wireless for about 2-3 weeks, and this falls squarely in the middle.
All in all, I'm going to take this notice pretty lightly, as I don't have the file, and have never had the file on my computer. All I see out of this is that they found someone torrenting off an IP address, with completely wrong info mind you, and they didn't try to research it far enough and just slapped the last person that had the IP address, whether or not I actually had it during that time. I'd have no problem allowing someone to look for that specific file, and that file only, on my hard drive, even using software that pulls files from the dead, as it has never been on any of my computers. Anything else will require another notice delineating a specific filename.
IP addy edited out even though I haven't had that one for a long time now.