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Torrentspy: MPAA Wants to Ban the .torrent Format


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MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is continuing its crusade against pirated, online available, content and is suing the www.torrentspy.com search engine portal for copyright infringement.

Torrentspy is used by those who want to find links to movies and music; the next step is to download them with the world’s most popular file sharing service, BitTorrent, which according to CacheLogic is responsible for 35% of the Internet traffic.

The search engine’s lawyers reject MPAA’s accusations by saying that it isn’t any guiltier than Google, who’s doing this at a much larger scale.

Moreover, they say that the real purpose of the organization that protects the interests of the Hollywood

studios is to ban the .torrent format. Considering MPAA’s actions against other peer-to-peer services and their results, the hypothesis that the organization is in fact trying to ban format makes a lot of sense.

In response to the organization’s lawsuit, Torrentspy has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

One of the Torrentspy lawyers, Ira Rothken, said the motion argued that Torrentspy does not link to Hollywood's copyrighted works.

The lawyer added that Torrentspy had cooperated with Hollywood in removing objectionable links to torrent files and did not actively promote copyright infringement.

"It cannot be held 'tertiary' liable for visitors' conduct that occurs away from its web search engine," BBC quoted Mr Rothken as saying.

I think someday they might want to shut down the Internet .. :D

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SacredCultivator

If they did that, then someone would jsut create/invent a different way of such happeninings... That is the cycle of life.

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If they did that, then someone would jsut create/invent a different way of such happeninings... That is the cycle of life.

And the new born will be better for the file sharing sommunity.

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Guest Unholy_Evil

i can see it now, using BT will be like finding hacks for counter-strike;

BT-R3b0rn v0.1 with DHT stealth edition

MeT0rr3nt v1.6 hacked metadata edition

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Guest tuscanywhite

how about renaming it a .MPAA format.

That way the motion picture association of america can try to ban MPAA.

LOL!

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It will probably happen too, but people will still use it just like P2P applications.

BTW, if we are forced to create a new type of format the file structure should remain same except you should be able to search right out of the program like the other P2P programs(limewire ect...), that would be much better than going to websites anyway. I know I would use it

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Guest oxygenuk

surely the file format can be renamed simply? i cant see it being any other way

just change it to .bt or .torr lol

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Guest NthDegree

As long as there are proxies and more and more forms of torrent/p2p anonymity the xxAAs are screwed.

and as far as banning a file format goes, look what the limewire dev. team did :)

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Bold Eagle
how about renaming it a .MPAA format.

That way the motion picture association of america can try to ban MPAA.

LOL!

Lol that would give wonderful legal argument to any future frivlious cases.

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God Bless the creators of the world wide web. Who knew the endless possibilities it would create for the average person. Surely not they, or they would have never allowed it.

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