T-Online with a warning to file sharing users
Following information from the rights holders of files that were illegally distributed via Internet file sharing platforms such as eDonkey or WinMX, T-Online has now for the first time taken action against individual customers who had offered such files.
According to T-Online, the affected customers were informed in writing that they had offered copyrighted content for download. They were also asked 'to ensure that this does not happen again.' This requirement is underlined by details of the time of the offense, the IP address used and the protected content offered. In addition, according to heise online , the following warning is in the letter: 'There are other cases at other times, these reports do not indicate a coincidence!'
So there is an urgent warning However, T-Online press spokesman Michael Schlechtriem emphasized that his company neither specifically searches for content, nor does it check it. The current measures were only taken at the request of the rights holders; The cited letter was only written to protect customers from possible legal action by third parties, which in itself does not have any legal consequences. In the event of repeated suspicious, illegal behavior, however, T-Online will also block accounts in order to protect its own reputation, according to Schlechteriem.