Very interesting to see HBO going after bittorrent users via their ISP/cable companies.
Pretty scary to think about how much of your communication is/can be monitored. I guess it’s best to assume that everthing that isn’t encrypted can be monitored by your ISP.
Of course, it’s worse when you’re on a cable ISP, because they’re also providing the pipe for HBO to their customers, so it’s only natural that they monitor their networks for customers who are torrenting pay-tv shows.
That said, it’s clear that HBO has a global audience for their content and that they should have a global distribution (which they don’t; sure they have DVDs of their TV shows that appear 1+ years afterwards in other nations) service to allow people to pay for this content.
Below is a copy of the email sent to me from my ISP after HBO caught me downloading the latest episode of Entourage. When I first starting reading this it gave me a bit of a scare, I just started thinking of all the people that have been sued by the RIAA and I was sure I was going to be prosecuted. However, by the end of the message I felt a little better because it seems I’m in the clear, but you can be sure I’m not going to be downloading anymore episodes of Entourage.