BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen works with MPAA to fight piracy

By Justin Mann on November 23, 2005, 3:19 PM
The original bittorrent tracking site, headed up by developer Bram Cohen, has been in discussions with the MPAA and is pulling the plug on links to pirated movies from the site's search engine. Bittorrent has a huge variety of uses, but has come under a lot of flak lately for it's increase pirating activity, with sites having been shut down and some people even prosecuted. Cohen wants to make sure torrent lives for a long time to come and such has agreed to the MPAA's demands.

"BitTorrent Inc. discourages the use of its technology for distributing films without a license to do so," Cohen said in a statement. "As such, we are pleased to work with the film industry to remove unauthorized content from's search engine."
It isn't all that widespread, apparently only referring to particular owned content, and relies on MPAA officials to find copyrighted material. This helps bridge the gap between illegal and illegal torrenting, however, which is a good thing. Torrents are a fantastic tool that has helped speed up the distribution of many things, such as large CD images. Some companies are even using torrents as a way to distribute files to their customers after purchase. It also helps that litigation has not been brought against Cohen, which has become almost industry standard these days.

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CrossFire851 said:
The joke is on them many ppl don't go to bittorent for movies manly applcations such as games probly the biggest thing to dl also OS, tools, etc etc but movies would not be the thing for a few one is that downloading a movie in full format is 7-8gb you at top speed get about 50-60kb/s most of the time you get about 20kb/s THAT WOULD TAKE ABOUT A WEEK or so of DL and hog ur connection not that I would no from experince :-D
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