MPAA sets up fake P2P site to lure pirates

By on July 6, 2007, 12:11 PM
Media Defender, the company in charge of tracking down illegal file sharers for groups like the MPAA and RIAA, has been caught attempting to lure file sharers to a dummy download site that installs spyware on their PCs., like many other torrent sites, offered links to download pirated movies along with forums for debate and "fast and easy video downloading all in one great site". Of course, once someone logged into the site, the MPAA would record the sharers IP address and activity, leaving users open to legal action. Furthermore, the site offered a software client to supposedly speed up downloads, though it actually searched usersí computers for other copyrighted files to report back to the MPAA.

Using a WHOIS domain lookup showed that was registered with Media Defenderís California address, however, shortly after the news spread the site was overwhelmed with traffic and taken down. It remains unclear how much information the group managed to gather, but the domain has been registered for nearly five months.

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phantasm66 said:
Oh come on. That's entrapment. Surely that would not stand up in a court of law?
Canadian said:
Could they get people from Canada with this stuff?
chance1138 said:
I agree with Phantasm, that is entrapment. Not to mention that they are installing software on users' machines without consent, which I believe (correct me if I am wrong) is illegal in itself. Couldn't people take legal action back against them? I don't agree with pirating, but I also don't agree with invasion of privacy and the installation of spyware.
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