Utahns among thousands accused of illegal downloads

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  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 2, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    The files are shared through file sharing - this happens with many different types of movies and with music also.

    Always know who is using your computer and your internet service. As ExecutorIoh said, when you buy a wireless router and are setting it up, take the extra two minutes to turn on the security and password protect it.

    We don't buy a phone and then leave it sitting on our lawn for use by the general public - why would you buy internet service and then leave it out there for anyone to use?

  • justaguy Out There in, WI
    May 2, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    This is about sleazy lawyers going after low hanging fruit. By offering settlement at an amount just below what it costs to defend they're hoping the majority will settle. Liability has nothing to do with it - they're looking for easy victims. They should be disbarred.

  • LeDoc SLC, UT
    May 2, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Oops, my bad... rereading the article makes it clearer... the real crook here seems to be the lawyer. One would hope that judges will not render judgements against those people who were not in their district.the question remains for me though, why are they going after the individuals who allegedly downloaded the material instead of going after the enablers of the offense? In this case it sounds like that would be whoever created the software for the p2p sharing. Isn't that what all the hoopla was about with Napster?

  • LeDoc SLC, UT
    May 2, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Is it just me or is this slightly odd? The film company is claiming "illegal" downloading. If I put content on a website in such a way as to allow downloading and, I do nothing to require some type of payment or authorization to enable said download then how can I say somebody "illeglally" downloaded the material?
    As for the poor folks who had open wireless...I think providers (comcast in this case) should be responsible enough to clearly warn the uneducated in these matters about the dangers of having open wireless. We live in this crazy time and ID theft is rampant; failing to use proper encryption is about the same as failing to put a lock on your front door.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    May 1, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    When you get a router the first thing to do is set up the encryption on it. You don't need to purchase a service, all wireless routers I have seen within the past 10-years have encryption (WPA, WEP, etc.) built into it. You just need to turn it on.

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    May 1, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Today services can be purchased that will block your wireless router from inappropriate sites.

    And its usually not hard to turn it off at night, when the lurkers usually drive by.

    Using MAC address access is pretty solid because you control which computer devices can have access.

    But the bottom line is that its a jungle out there, and if you aren't protected you will be a victim.

  • TaipeiModerate New Haven, CT
    May 1, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    DN Subscriber:

    Less than they deserve for the social value deterring pornography/film downloads like this creates.

    You should send the lawyers an extra check for this.

  • attentive Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 1, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    While on the subject of porn and obscenity... How much do the lawyers get from each of the $2,000 settlements, compared to the actual porn producing company?

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 1, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    It was probably Google as they drove by with their Street View car tapping into unsecured networks.

  • westcoastlife saltlake city, utah
    May 1, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Find it low for any one to do this upon others.
    Most impotantly For those that are on web with NO criminal record of abuse

    Its as thou some one has a Jealous rake others in trouble is a as bad as hateful and a scam to place upon those innocent cyber readers

  • Joggle Clearfield, UT
    May 1, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    Unsecured internet access usually has limited availability depending on proximity which often means....one of your neighbors is the actual guilty party because they are near enough to access it.