MPAA sued for using hacker to steal private files

By Justin Mann on May 25, 2006, 11:03 AM
On Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed against the MPAA for dealings with a computer specialist (hacker) who was used to steal information from a company they were suing. The MPAA up to no good? Ridiculous, right? After all, a company which along with the RIAA makes such a big fuss about the legal and moral implications of downloading mp3s and movies should themselves be on the up and up. Now, however, they are being sued by Valence Media, the parent company behind Torrentspy. According to the lawsuit, a substantial sum was paid to the individual for him to illegally access private data stored on Torrentspy's servers, and the man himself has apparently come outright and admitted that such is true. The MPAA of course is denying it entirely:

"These claims (by Torrentspy) are false," Kori Bernards, the MPAA's vice president of corporate communications, said in an e-mail to CNET News.com. "Torrentspy is trying to obscure the facts to hide the fact that they are facilitating thievery. We are confident that our lawsuit against them will be successful because the law is on our side."
If even half of the suit has merit, it could spell big trouble for the MPAA as well as other companies seeking litigation against file sharers. While the “significant proof” they mention isn't available yet, we'll eventually to get see what really happened.




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asphix said:
Haha! Interesting turn of events.. I'll be curious to see how this pans out.. I wonder if solid proof can be found that the MPAA did in fact hire this "specialist".
canadian said:
Oh no, not torrentspy! I love that site!
insidious420 said:
Oh man I hope this allegation is true! What sweet, sweet irony this would be!Seriously though, if you read up on torrentspy & another tracker site (the name eludes me), they are under impending lawsuits(s) with the MPAA/RIAA regardless of the fact that the sites' owners (as far as they say) have been cordial and more than willing to cooperate with removing copyrighted materials. However, the MPAA/RIAA do not want to 'cooperate' and instead use bully tactics such as this when they really don't have a leg to stand on.Bottom line: bit torrent/p2p software is not just used for illegal file sharing; there are many legitimate uses for the software that the companies ignore to try to strengthen their case.
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