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Post by aralysd on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 08:01

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First off, thank you very much for the games you provide here, second, I'm not really sure if this is the place for this topic but I can't seem to find info on this matter. My search skills also suck so it could be all me.

I had an internet issue the other day so I had called my provider about it. The lady I had spoken with had informed me that I was busted downloading the sims 3 illegally . I am not the brightest person out there and this was my first time using torrents and downloading them. Needless to say she informed me that EA is a little pissy with me and I need to stop doing whatever it is I am doing and that I am getting a letter in the mail I would guess tomorrow. She has given me no details on what it is that I did to get me caught. So, my question is how can they tell if your games are illegal? I ditched the bit torrent and whatever but I am wondering if they see this when you say download store content from their site... or whenever you start the game does that window where you get the download, upload, and play options with other crap on it can they tell through that thing? What I am asking is what can I do to prevent them from knowing 13 out of my 14 games are illegal? I have been so freaked out over this I haven't even turned the game on! I am really sorry in advance if I am one of those total noobs Sad.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 08:55

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Hello,

I'm pretty sure they did not inform EA of this. And what she told you about them being angry is total fiction.
They won't be able to tell if you use illegal games, even if you have a registered game. EA will not disable your games. They simply don't have the time or resources to check everyone's account and they don't have access to your pc.

What should concern you is what you were told about downloading illegally by your ISP. It irks me that you were told about it casually on the phone while an official letter is on the way. You are in the US?

I believe there are ways to get out of taking the blame. I don't know how. But I think I've seen Admin give out some pointers before.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by aralysd on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 09:17

Hello again,

Yes I live in the states. Pretty much she told me that mediacom which is my IS provider was informed by EA that my ISP was tracked downloading the sims 3 at 5 something pm on friday. As I was trying to pump her for more info on how I was busted doing this, she just kept repeating that I would have a letter coming in the mail and I would need to sign it and send it back in order to keep my internet service on. I tried playing dumb saying that I own my sims game which I do. I bought the base games a few years ago. The only things I did on Friday was download World adventures and install it, as well as download a few things from the store. I removed the Origin downloader from my computer but I don't wanna worry whether I can download stuff from the store or I'll get caught with 13 illegal games. Or if the game launcher is connected can they see my stuff is not paid for... I was seeding the games on friday. I was seeding all 13 of them as a matter of fact. I had also downloaded all 13 over a 3 day span. I'm thinking that I got busted because of all the downloading and seeding.

I am just a normal person lol... No way have I been in trouble for anything in my life. And this woman has done put the fear into me!

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 09:33

Hello,

I can imagine.
Well, I doubt EA informed your ISP of this. They probably don't go around checking random IP addresses in case someone's illegally downloading The Sims.
They won't be able to tell just from logging in that you have illegal games. A lot of us have and use a combination of bought and downloaded games. And we all log in to use Simport
You can get the store updates for free here by the way.

It's possible that you were doing too much at once, your activity caught their eye and they investigated. I'd wait for the letter and see how serious it is. Maybe you'll just get a warning. But you can keep playing dumb and get out of trouble as far as I know. Tell them that someone must've been using your wireless, you had no idea this could happen, you've put a password on it now. But before you take any action at all, please wait for Admin's thoughts. He should be able to share them later today.

And keep a low profile in the future. A lot of people in the US download illegally, moat of them never get caught.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by aralysd on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 09:53

Thank you very much for your fast replies. I will check back on here to see if Admin has anything to say. It probably was my dumb fault for downloading to much at once. I didn't think on the safe side of it, I just wanted to get it all done at once so I could reap the reward of having everything before I dug into the game. If there are any other precautions I should take let me know and I will do them. As far as trouble, I think the letter is just a warning and that is why I am asking if there is any other way they can see my games aren't legal. I don't wanna give them any more reasons to eye ball me.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 09:59

Hello,

You're welcome.
I'm sure Admin has some tips for you in case it's more than a warning. He'll be here in 6-10 hours I suspect.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by Adwomin on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 15:59

Hello,


Usually such letters indicate a warning, indeed. I think you are allowed to receive up to three letters.
How many downloads where you downloading at once?

Also, if you want to stay completely hidden for your ISP in the future, the only alternative is using a VPN service that also hides your Bittorrent activity.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by aralysd on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 22:32

Hello again,

I really couldn't say how many I was downloading. I wanna say 4 one day then 4 the next and after that I'm not sure. I am sure that it was my own dumb fault as to why I got caught. I just don't want to give them any more reasons to send me more letters or take further action. I want to be able to download content from the store and apply it to my game. I would say if I can't get busted doing that or for simply having the game launcher open and connected to the internet then that is really all I care about.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by Adwomin on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 23:49

Hello,

I'd keep a low-profile for a week or two, if I was you.
The Store Updates should download just fine. And no, you can't get caught for opening the launcher or the game, since that has nothing to do with your ISP. Your ISP only looks at what you're downloading.

You just got some bad luck, that's most likely it. If you can miss a few bucks, Bittorrent VPN services are worth trying.

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by aralysd on Tue 31 Jul 2012, 09:19

Well I thank you both very much for helping me feel at ease. I have been playing all day! and super happy doing it. I will get all my updates from here seeing how I deleted the Origin deal and it wont connect without it. I will be staying away from the downloads for a bit... but then again I have all I need now Very Happy

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Re: How do you get busted?[SOLVED]

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Tue 31 Jul 2012, 09:30

Hello,

You’re welcome.
Don’t hesitate to post if you have questions or problems again!
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