I was talking to a friend last night who mentioned that he had downloaded a movie via Bittorrent this week, and received an email from the copyright holder (movie studio) with a sort of “don’t let us catch you again” — the email was sent via his internet provider, Rogers.
Now, if you are like me, and you don’t check your Rogers email account (have never logged in to it ever), you would run a significant risk of having several notices sent to you, but you would never get them. In theory, I would think you could really get on their radar for lawsuits, etc.
The lesson? Something we all know: Bittorrent is among the least private forms of data transfer possible. You will get caught, and there is nothing you can do. These movie studios have their head too far up their ass to realize that most of these “offenders” would love to pay for these movies if it could be done in some reasonable way. Until then: Up the creek, no paddle.