There are countless torrent sites that are used by millions of users to access pirated material illegally. The users download movies, games or music without paying for it. And the use of such illegal sites is on the rise; people download material from these sites without even known that it is illegal to do so. Hence the crackdown of unlawful sites continues. One of the most popular torrent sites is the Pirates Bay and even after its ban, very little people have stopped using similar sites.

To stop them, the internet service providers have issued an email warning to users who visit and download from the websites. These warnings are part of the new “Get it Right” campaign started as an effort to control the amount of illegal content that is shared online. However, this step has not been that useful.

Warning Notices Failed to stop Illegal Torrent users
Warning Notices Failed to stop Illegal Torrent users

The email contained a mass of personal data extracted from the user’s IP address and the exact illegal files that were downloaded and the time they were accessed. The email warning also included guidance to avoid such content in future.

The email contained a mass of personal data extracted from the user’s IP address and the exact illegal files that were downloaded and the time they were accessed. The email warning also included guidance to avoid such content in future.

An interview with a regular torrent user revealed that such warning will not work on people like him, who are used to access free content from the internet. He said,

I don’t think the warnings will work, at least not on a big scale. Maybe they will educate some people who did it by mistake or did it just once, but for someone like me there is no hope. At least the campaign is not aggressive.

A recent poll also suggested that 72% of the people don’t think that such warning will stop people from using and accessing copyrighted material illegally.

No serious court action can be taken since the current warning system is unable to identify the exact person accessing the content. The same IP address can be used by multiple people. The only way is to target the bill payer, other than that the authorities have failed to take serious action.