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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godataloss said:
Beware! Looks like the US isn't the only country that is loosing its mind these days...Guess the Finns need something to do until the sun comes back.From Toms Hardware-Finnish police raid BitTorrent site, arrest 34 December 15, 2004 - 07:34 EST Police in Finland have raided the operations of a popular BitTorrent file download site, seizing equipment and arresting four people who ran the site. Around 30 volunteers who helped moderate the site were also arrested. Police say the site had 10,000 users, all Finnish, who downloaded illegally-copied content worth millions of euros. The site featured 6000 torrents, including film, videos, music and games.
Phantasm66 said:
We've got that story, its just not been on the page yet.Yes, that is true, there have been more raids and arrests. Its very worrying for anyone who downloads movies often. If nothing else, it will get harder to get them soon if you do do it.
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