Hoboken downloaders could be subpoenaed!

6/9/2010:

Several Hoboken residents may be in some big trouble!

Like downloading movies? You may be busted next!

Cablevision Optimum Online customers in Hoboken “on the list…”

Hoboken411 reader Matt sent in this *very* interesting tip about illegal movie downloading…

“As film companies try to combat the film pirates out there who primarily exchange movies online now via peer2peer service – e.g. BitTorrent — the fight has, in some ways, come to Hoboken.

NY/NJ/CT cable provider Optimum Online (i.e., Cablevision) is about to be subpoenaed by Voltage Pictures for email addresses belonging to those in the Hoboken area.

Last month, Voltage announced that they intended to file a lawsuit against 50,000 downloaders of their oscar winning movie The Hurt Locker.

As a follow up to their announcement, not only has the lawsuit been filed in Washington, DC, but Voltage today released the first 700 IP Addresses of those they intend to bring to court — several of which are Optimum Online subscribers in the Jersey City/Newark/Elizabeth and Hoboken areas.

Typically, lawsuits like this in the past (at least filed by the lawfirm representing Voltage), amount to out of court settlements of approx. $2500 — meaning that Voltage is seeking to bring in $125 million while the actual cost of 50,000 DVDs would be in the range of $650,000 — assuming that they received the $13 that Amazon charges for a copy of the DVD and that retail stores don’t take a cut of the retail price.

But I’m not writing to necessarily say who’s right and wrong in this case, I’m writing to point out two things:

  1. Cablevision/Optimum/Verizon/AT&T/etc. are going to be subpoenaed for the contact information for each of the 50,000 people who downloaded the movie — so much for anonyminty on the internet, and…
  2. Anyone who has left their wifi network without a password over the past few months may have had somebody steal their internet access and download this movie, and may now owe $2,500 to Voltage Pictures…..unless they can somehow prove that they weren’t the ones using their internet access, in which case the cost is just legal fees.

In my building downtown, there are at least four or five open networks which I know guests in my apartment use rather than asking for my password….

Anyway, I thought this whole issue might be of interest to your readers, because, even if they don’t personally pirate movies online, someone on their network may have and their ISP might be turning them in.

Matt

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20 Comments on "Hoboken downloaders could be subpoenaed!"

plywood
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plywood

Spoiler alert – top secret information: News 12 is only available only through Cablevision, not ‘satellite’ or ‘phone company TV’.

nacholibre
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nacholibre

How have I lived without it?[quote comment=”193429″]Spoiler alert – top secret information: News 12 is only available only through Cablevision, not ’satellite’ or ‘phone company TV’.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

cablevision is full of chit..during the abc problem conflict and the cooking channel they took the stations off the air..cablevision offered a free movie in lue of the problem.later
abc was back on the air. let them take u to court..163 dollars a month for the pkg is a lot for anyone.You need 20 tvs to view all the shows..they hitting u in the corn hole with out ky jelly..we r loving it…we have no choice[quote comment=”193430″]How have I lived without it?

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

nach if your old enough to remember daddy holding up the rabbit ears up to get a clear
picture,funny depends on how old you are..40 yrs ago we were warned to stop pay tv
on my way to the motel with my bell..never gave it a tought. congress screwed us and we let happen…[quote comment=”193450″]cablevision is full of chit..during the abc problem conflict and the cooking channel they took the stations off the air..cablevision offered a free movie in lue of the problem.later
abc was back on the air. let them take u to court..163 dollars a month for the pkg is a lot for anyone.You need 20 tvs to view all the shows..they hitting u in the corn hole with out ky jelly..we r loving it…we have no choice

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nacholibre
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nacholibre

I just hope no one is downloading Metallica illegally.

nacholibre
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nacholibre

Can I file suit against Optimum for playing the most annoying commercials? Especially the reggaeton one. And for the 10,000th time, I am not upgrading to the triple play! 😯

plywood
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plywood

The next time Cablevision is considering raising rates, instead of raising rates why doesn’t Optimum sell off some of the 20% of it’s advertising slots that it uses in-house to run the same 10 TV spots over and over. Triple play – where one outage kills all your communications media in one fell shwoop. I suspect most people have made up their mind by now concerning their carriers.
PS – What have they done with Barry Bostwick? Kicked him to the curb?[quote comment=”193416″]Can I file suit against Optimum for playing the most annoying commercials? Especially the reggaeton one. And for the 10,000th time, I am not upgrading to the triple play! [/quote]

hobposer
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hobposer

Nacho I am with you!! Brawny commercials have been on for the last 25 years and the guy doesn’t age a bit? [quote comment=”193416″]Can I file suit against Optimum for playing the most annoying commercials? Especially the reggaeton one. And for the 10,000th time, I am not upgrading to the triple play! [/quote]

Hobbes
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Hobbes

It looks like Judge Collyer is questioning the mass filing and is considering dropping all but one of the “Does” from the suit.

MidnightRacer
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I’m sure many have you have heard of the Google issue, where not only do they drive around those vehicles taking photos for Google Street View, but they’ve been collecting WiFi data and matching them to physical addresses. Not only could the plaintiff access a physical address from the ISP’s, but also Google.

The current year is 1984.

As to piracy, it’s just like speeding. Many do it, so there’s no excuse when you have to pay the price.

As to leaving your WiFi open without WEP security, you might as well leave your doors and windows unlocked and all your financial documents, SS#, DL #, and wallet on the table.

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