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  1. What is wohnbescheinigung and do I need it?

    Check again? The amount is currently 19.350 Euro per year for a household with 1 adult. You may be able to deduct some things (some taxes, pension and health insurance payments). It's not about what you do, it's about how much money you earn.
  2. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    They use the so called "Lizenzanalogie". It's roughly like this: you offered their content to the world via BitTorrent. The "damage" they claim is the answer to the question "what would they have charged you for a license to offer their content via BitTorrent?"
  3. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    About speeding: yes, Germany doesn't punish the owner of the car for speeding if he wasn't the driver. He might be forced to start writing a log, though, like Krieg said. Note that this is different in some other European countries, e.g. Austria, Holland and France!
  4. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    It is already punishable through criminal law. Fine or up to 3 years prison. But that doesn't stop civil cases, you could get both.
  5. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    It's not a fine. It's compensation for damages. If you smash your neighbor's BMW's window you have to pay him how much it costs to install a new one. The price doesn't change on account of you being dirt poor or a Billionaire.
  6. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    Years ago the government wanted to install Internet filters for child pornography. In the end they got rid of the law. It was seen as a slippery slope to increasing censorship and ultimately also as ineffective.
  7. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    Netto demands 50 Euro in cash when they catch you. If you don't pay on the spot you also receive lawyer letters with additional 48 Euro demand = 98 Euro for one chocolate bar. State attorneys will usually just close the criminal case because "no public interest, first offender yadda yadda". So it's actually not that different from the copyright cases. Authorities stopped going after pirates long ago, it's just the civil disputes still going on.     (No, I haven't stolen  Know people who work there.)
  8. Are you aware of § 16 Abs. 5 AufenthG?
  9. Do they pay you for the internship?
  10. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    Even if you proved the router was hacked it's not that easy. It's not a criminal court. They can force you to pay on account of other people's misdeeds if you were careless. E.g. your router was hacked but it's your fault because you left it open with a weak password or didn't install the latest security updates.   There was one case were a defended successfully defended herself with the "router hacked" excuse. At the time of the infringement there was a security problem with the router software that wasn't publicly known and patched until half a year after the incident.
  11. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    Yeah, many people say "I got a lawyer and he took care of it" and don't realize it's not that easy. A lawyer is no magic trick to make them go away for good. It might still go to court years after. For peace of mind it might be better for people who can't take the pressure to negotiate a smaller amount and pay. The deadline isn't 3 years, btw. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled in 2016 that the damage compensation for the right's holder can be claimed up to 10(*) years after the fact. Only lawyer costs expire after 3(*) years. Waldorf-Frommer is currently writing letters again in cases as old as 2010.     (*) not exactly 10 and 3 years after, the calculation is a bit complicated
  12. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    AFAIK Waldorf-Frommer do in fact download data from the peers. It's part of the evidence they collect. In BitTorrent swarms different kind of peer advertisement methods exist. Someone could advertise your IP in a swarm without you being in it. Or someone who once held your current IP is still in the list - the lists aren't updated in real-time. With the download they proof you actually uploaded data and weren't just a "ghost" in the list of peers.   And your BitTorrent client might start uploading as soon as you have completed the first "piece" which are usually <1 MB big, i.e. it can happen seconds after you just started your "download" with less than 1% finished. You don't need "seeder" status for that.
  13. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    It says they do this (specifically) for law enforcement and investigative authorities. Which copyright lawyers are not.   And like said: with peer2peer networks this isn't required anyways.
  14. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    But they are not sitting at the ISP or Internet exchanges etc. They just connect to the BitTorrent trackers+swarms like every other BitTorrent user and collect the IPs+dates of those who upload the content of the right's holders they represent to their machine. You can collect such data from your home, too, by opening the peer list in your BitTorrent client software.
  15. Accused of torrenting copyrighted material

    That doesn't mean you always have the same IP. (I have my corrected my earlier post not to say it happens with every reconnect. The original statement was false, sorry.)