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Microsoft Funded Startup Aims to Kill BitTorrent Traffic

TheGift73 (2427520) writes | more than 2 years ago

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TheGift73 writes "The Russian based “Pirate Pay” startup is promising the entertainment industry a pirate-free future. With help from Microsoft, the developers have built a system that claims to track and shut down the distribution of copyrighted works on BitTorrent. Their first project, carried out in collaboration with Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures, successfully stopped tens of thousands of downloads.

Hollywood, software giants and the major music labels see BitTorrent as one of the largest threats to their business.

Billions in revenue are lost each year, they claim. But not for long if the Russian based startup “Pirate Pay” has its way. The company has developed a technology which allows them to attack existing BitTorrent swarms, making it impossible for people to share files."

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I see their true plan (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 2 years ago | (#39985021)

Linux is distributed over Bittorrent, so this is actually a way for Microsoft to kill Linux!

Swing and a miss (1)

Ignacio (1465) | more than 2 years ago | (#39986191)

BitTorrent is only used by casual pirates. Organized piracy is conducted using hard drives shipped around, which is essentially impossible to prevent.

Probably Illegal (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39987757)

This technology effectively amounts to "jamming" internet traffic, somewhat akin to the way radio jammers (or DDOS attacks) work.

As such, I believe it is probably very much against U.S. and International law.
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