MPAA targets BitTorrent

By Derek Sooman on December 14, 2004, 6:03 PM
BitTorrent is a wonderful way to download files with greater reliability than other conventional means, but of course that means that it is used greatly for piracy... apparently. The MPAA certainly think so, and they are today launching a new legal campaign targeting the BitTorrent and eDonkey file-swapping networks, which they say are used extensively to swap pirated movies.

"These people are parasites, leeching off the creative activity of others. [They] serve as traffic cops connecting those who want to steal movies with those who have a copy and want to provide it." - John Malcolm, the MPAA's director of worldwide antipiracy operations.

The MPAA is currently working with law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe to round up and arrest people who are involved in this piracy. Apparently some seven servers have already been seized, with more arrests and seizures to come soon.

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