Grandmother accused of illegally downloading porn

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by Meredith Yeomans

azfamily.com

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 28 at 1:44 PM

GILBERT - Debbie Courtney is a single mother of four.

So, when she does have free time, she says it isn't spent surfing the internet.

“I don't even download music,” she said. “I don't even know how.”

That's why she says she couldn't believe it when she received a letter in the mail accusing her of illegally downloading a pornographic movie by a company called Raw Films.

“I was shocked, just shocked!” she said.

The letter included her computer's IP address, and even the date and time the download supposedly happened.

“I said, ‘Oh my gosh!’ You've got to be kidding me, and when I saw the time of day my daughter commented, ‘My mother's never up that hour of the day why would anybody do that you know,’”
Debbie recalled.

Debbie called the phone number on the letter but says she still didn't believe the letter was legit, so she emailed 3 On Your Side.

“I'm like the last person you would ever associate with that. So, it is a concern to me and that's one of the reasons why I contacted 3 On Your Side,” she said.

We reached out to the Miami attorney handling this case.

“It is absolutely not a scam,” he said.

Attorney Keith Lipscomb maintains copyright infringement costs his clients millions of dollars each year, and they're going about cracking down the best way they know how.

“It’s impossible, really, to sue anybody but the downloaders because the other players in the game are professional crooks,” he said.

Lipscomb says his investigators linked Debbie's IP address to the illegal download.

But Debbie believes someone outside her home must've been using her network.

Data Doctor Ken Colburn says that's possible if her network wasn't password protected.

“If you're not making sure you’re wireless network is locked down so others can't use, it someone could use your machine, your network to download this illegal information and you’re going to get subpoenaed,” Colburn explained. “So, you cannot take security lightly.”

Debbie isn't sure whether network was locked back in February, but it is now.

Regardless of who's legally responsible, she maintains she's on the hook for a crime she didn't commit.

“I'm a single mom with children just trying to do the best I can like all the other moms out there and I don't need something like this in my life,” she said. “It's not something I would even consider doing.”

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