Qwest Informative - Dangers of downloading
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA -- I am guilty. Like so many others I download copyrighted material, and I was caught. One day my internet turned off and I received a call from Qwest telling me to stop downloading illegal information. They said I had three chances.
I immediately stopped downloading info and removed all copyrighted material from my computer, because having internet service is more important to me than the files I had stolen (though if I had had to pay for them I never would have).
I researched Qwest's ability to legally look at the contents of my computer, and apparently so long as I am online they can look at whatever I am doing and whatever is on my computer. This is disturbing enough, but even more so, I found a new folder on my computer that previously had not existed, and now one by one, all the programs I have that rely on an internet connection, ie. mozilla, explorer, fulltilt, etc. are failing in their ability to connect. I have no evidence that Qwest has done anything to make this happen, although I find it strange that for years I have been able to operate my system with no flaws and then qwest starts to investigate my computer usage and suddenly my programs can not connect even though I have a full 56 mbps connection? What The heck?
I understand that qwest can not be complicit in copyright infringement, but as a service provider they sure seem to have a lot of power. To me this is an interesting ethical dilemma, and I think users should be aware of how much and how often their ISPs are monitoring their activity, and how much power they have if they find something they don't like.
Just a warning to all you. torrent freaks out there- this could happen to you.