So I got my first warning for downloading a TV torrent.
How are we avoiding this in future? VPN service or something?
Never were and never will be 'safe', but you can be 'safer' by using https on the site and SSL on the tracker.
If an ISP sniffs the packets going from your computer into the internet then using https and SSL will encrypt the data preventing the ISP from seeing what you are doing.
If an anti-P2P person/company/:shit: loads the torrent file into their client (uTorrent or whatever) then they are given a list of IP's in the swarm (people that are active right now) that have or are downloading from the tracker. The tracker tells them how much you have and if you're seeding. Easy targets. The best way to limit exposure to this is to keep DHT and PX off. This will limit you to the tracker and not broadcast to anyone and everyone that you have/want a torrent.
Private/closed trackers such as IPT are another good way to keep 'out of sight', but it's not completely 'safe'. You can further limit your home IP exposure by using a seedbox. When you download something the seedbox IP is given out by the tracker rather than your home IP. By using FTPS to transfer files from the seedbox to your computer you will add a layer of encryption should the ISP be looking at the data going through your home connection. One more step in tracking you and depending on the company that you get the seedbox from it may also be a dead end.
If the anti-P2P did manage to get your IP from the seedbox host then you can still get a 'pay up or else' letter. You can add in another layer of protection by getting a VPN. You essentially connect to the VPN and all your browsing goes through the VPN, it fetches whatever you want and delivers it to you. The IP that websites and such will see is the VPN and not your personal IP. Unfortunately this will be at a small cost of overall speed, but it is another encrypted layer for the anti-P2P to get through. It may simply prove not to be worth their time, or if you have a VPN that doesn't log then it may become impossible to prove it was in fact you.
No where is. This is a truth of torrenting.
In Canada the ISP gives you an email and/or asks for one when you sign up for service. Canipre sent out their letters to TekSavvy ISP customers via email. Mind you is was considered “speculative invoicing” but it still went through email. No need for a registered letter. The only difference is that now the ISP's have to forward the notice where as before they could trash it if they wanted to. Other than that, nothing new.
How are private torrent sites different than public ones? MPAA or whoever can join just as easily as anybody here.
You have to keep your ratios up. Meaning you have to leave torrents running all the time. A whole lot of work and bandwidth.
I wouldn't be surprised if they are fully infiltrating the private sites breaking the laws they're trying to enforce in the process.
No issues using NZBs over here, highly recommended. I was previously on a number of private torrent sites and the ratio management stuff was a pain... could not be happier with the NZB route and the downloads are stupid fast. Snagged something the other day at 25.8 MB/s.
NZB's are sweet but I find lately that if you don't snag new files quickly, they end up breaking and you get failed downloads...