Comcast turns over download records of law firm accused of running piracy 'honeypot'

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) reportedly threatened to sue news site TorrentFreak after it published a document that showed Comcast had turned over the records of a law firm accused of building a honeypot aimed at enticing Web surfers to steal copyrighted porn video. 

Last week, TorrentFreak published a story about Prenda Law, which is accused of using file-sharing platform BitTorrent to get Web surfers to download copyrighted files. Comcast had received a subpoena that ordered it to disclose the IP address of one of its customers, Steele Hansmeier PLLC, which TorrentFreak said is "directly connected" to Prenda Law.

On Wednesday, TorrentFreak said it had received a cease-and-desist letter from Comcast, demanding that it remove a letter it had posted that detailed the identity of the Comcast customer accused of setting up the honeypot. Comcast said Wednesday afternoon that it had sent the cease-and-desist letter in error, and that it "advised TorrentFreak to disregard it."

For more:
TorrentFreak has this story
The Register has this story

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Article updated on Aug. 21 to include statement that Comcast advised TorrentFreak to disregard letter. 

 

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