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BitTorrent enemies face new hurdle

Posted By: Digital Geek

BitTorrent enemies face new hurdle - 05/21/05 05:56 AM

Antipiracy operatives have lost an edge over illegal downloaders of movies and software thanks to a new feature in BitTorrent.

BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has eliminated the need for Web site hosting of centralized files, known as "trackers," in the latest beta of the peer-to-peer software. These easily located files have been a key resource for antipiracy units in identifying people downloading and sharing copyrighted material.

The change may cause problems in shutting down the illegal online distribution of software and content, according to the Business Software Alliance, an industry group.

"Currently, if a tracker site is shut down, many downloads are disrupted," said Tarun Sawney, BSA Asia antipiracy director. "So removing the trackers from the equation will obviously cause those of us on this side of the battle to regroup."

However, Sawney pointed out that BitTorrent files could still be identified. "BSA has traditionally sought the assistance of those hosting the actual pirated files. With or without the tracker sites, someone still hosts the infringing files," he said.

While BitTorrent's Cohen said the tracker removal feature is part of his ongoing effort to make publishing files online "painless and disruptively cheap," the move is only one of several designed to remove BitTorrent's dependence on centralized trackers.

Several of the Internet's largest tracker sites, such as, were shut down in December following legal action by industry bodies including the Motion Picture Association of America. Similar legal action by Australia's music piracy investigations unit recently targeted local Internet provider Swiftel.

One development effort by Exeem, the group behind the once-popular, aims to decentralize the BitTorrent protocol in the style of peer-to-peer networks like Kazaa, while a similar effort to Cohen's was announced earlier this month by the developers of advanced BitTorrent client software Azuerus.

Posted By: Gremelin

Re: BitTorrent enemies face new hurdle - 05/22/05 01:58 AM

I'm glad that they're taking these steps in all honesty; I mean, I own a @$%@ load of movies (originals, CoA on all of them (Cert of Auth), a few season boxed sets, totaling quite the penny... To hear that I cannot download a backup of something that I own is pretty much the same thing as saying "Gizmo, I'mma bitchslap you in de face!"... I mean, I own the [censored] thing, I may not have a recipt (who keeps recipts?) but I have the Certificate of Authenticity that is on the front of each case...

The reason to back up ones media? Well lets see, I dish out ~$50 a boxed set, say I have 20 of them, that's a grand... Now, one of my CD's gets scratched, sure some services allow you to buy the single dvd portions of each boxed set (volumes) however most do not, so I'd have to dish out an additional $50 to recover one disk.... total waste.

I cannot wait to see what type of search we're going to end up with... I additionally hope that the creators of BitLord follow Azerous soon.
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