WTF? The BSA just contacted a client of mine saying that sharing a FREE linux distribution via bittorrent violates one of their members rights. Did I miss something? Never mind that the only way to get linux is via bittorrent. The request is 4 months old too!….I call BS.
Here’s their letter with the pertinent info redacted:
RE: Unauthorized Distribution of the following copyrighted computer program(s):
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has determined that computer programs published by the BSA’s member companies are being publicly offered for unauthorized copying via Torrent files on your website. We seek your assistance in the removal of these files.
While no judicial determination of infringement has been made, we have a good faith belief that this activity violates copyright laws and probably your terms of service as well. In contacting you in this manner, we seek your prompt assistance in having the content removed or activity discontinued. Voluntary, appropriate action can both render legal measures unnecessary and serve a positive educational purpose.
TimeStamp: Aug 30, 2010 6:52:51 AM GMT
Filesize: 723488768 bytes
The above file/s is/are being made available for copying, through downloading, at the above location without authorization from the copyright owner(s).
Based upon BSA’s representation of the copyright owners in anti-piracy matters, we have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed above have been authorized by the rightholders, their agents, or the law. BSA represents that the information in this notification is accurate and states, under penalty of perjury, that it is authorized to act in this matter on behalf of the copyright owners listed above.
Making copyrighted software available for unauthorized downloading online is highly damaging to copyright holders and wastes your network resources. Furthermore, such unauthorized activity exposes the offender and related third parties to potential legal liability.
We appreciate your cooperation in protecting legitimate interests and making the Internet a safe and legal environment.
Please include the following Notice ID in any response you send: xxxxx
Please respond indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter.
For email correspondence, please reference the above Notice ID in the subject line
Internet Enforcement Team
Business Software Alliance
*The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world’s commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce. BSA members include Adobe, Altium, Apple, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, CNC Software/Mastercam, Corel, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.