A company I know in Johannesburg recently received an email from Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles – and it was not good news.
Someone in the company had downloaded a Paramount movie from a file sharing site. The scary thing was that the time between the download and the email to the company CEO was less than 4 days.
Paramount had got the IP address, traced it to S.Africa, contacted the service provider, who had identified the company owning that address, and Paramount then got the CEO’s email address and contacted him directly.
Apparently there is no law suit pending but the CEO has to inform Paramount what follow-up actions the company will take.
So if you download copyright material (movies, music) from file sharing sites, be careful. You could be in for a nasty shock.