Cox Communications Inc - DMCA Violation - Service Shutoff For Downloading A Copyrighted File
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Yesterday my wife says the Internet is down. I unplug the cable modem and the router and then plug them back in. After the light show dies down I give it a test on the iPad. Interestingly enough the web browser got redirected to a message from Cox stating my Internet service has been temporarily disabled due to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint they received. The message went on to explain the DMCA that was signed by Bill Clinton and cited the particular file down load that violated the DMCA. Cox stated that said file must be deleted before the Internet suspension could be lifted and that if said file is not deleted and/or future violations occur my Internet service with Cox will be terminated permanently. Then there was a [Click Here] link to restore service.
Okay, so I knew it wasn't me or my wife who violated the DMCA so I asked the fifteen year old about the particular file. He fessed up then I took his wireless dongle. He said that's not fair I need a computer for my homework. My retort was simply his library card and Nikes. Kid, it's a mile and half I'm sure at your age it'll take you all of 25 minutes to walk there. He started to say something else and I asked do you really want me to hold your HDMI cables hostage? He got the point. I figure with good behavior he'll be back online with cox in a week.
I clicked the restore service link which did immediately restore service kind of like clicking the I agree button for free hotel wireless Internet.
The file in question was a torrent downloaded from some torrent web site. He wasn't quite sure which site and since I did a factory restore on his computer before checking his history we'll never know. Let this serve as a warning to those with Cox Internet that they are very receptive to DMCA complaints and take action upon them.