Aurora, IL asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Illinois

Q: What happens if I got a copyright claim email from my ISP about downloading a torrent file?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Receiving a copyright claim email from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) means that someone has accused you of downloading copyrighted content illegally using a BitTorrent client. ISPs are required by law to forward such notices to their customers, informing them of the alleged infringement and requesting them to take action to prevent further violations.

In some cases, the copyright holder may send a settlement demand letter, offering you the opportunity to pay a certain amount of money to avoid being sued for copyright infringement. However, it is important to note that not all settlement demand letters are legitimate, and some may be scams.

If you receive a copyright claim email from your ISP, it is important to take the matter seriously and to follow the instructions provided. You may want to seek legal advice if you are unsure about your rights and obligations.

In general, downloading copyrighted content without permission is illegal and can result in legal action, including fines and even criminal charges. It is important to respect copyright law and to only download or share content that you have permission to use.

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