Downloading like crazy...
"I would say that they represent a continuing threat," says Tom Temple.
Temple is director of worldwide Internet enforcement for the Not-So-Magnificent-Seven's Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
The 'they' he's referring to is/are p2p file-sharing apps such as Kazaa (which is getting nearer and nearer to becoming a full-blown corporate-type Biggie, with all that implies), eDonkey - with more than 2M users - and BitTorrent, one of the latest of the new generation apps.
But is/are Temple and the MPAA worried?
Quoted in a story by John Borland in ZDNet UK on May 27, Temple says, "... just as with predecessors, the new technologies expose their Internet addresses of those who download files, allowing anti-piracy enforcers to track them down. They still allow us to identify the IP address of a person."
The story also has Mark Ishikawa, chief executive of BayTSP, a Silicon Valley company that monitors file-swapping networks for movie studios and record labels, saying, "We see people downloading like crazy. eDonkey is passing Gnutella, and is even on its way to passing FastTrack."