MPAA Studios Take Actions Against Major P2P Server Operators To Stem Global Movie Piracy
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. announced that its member companies have filed suit against individuals operating servers that index millions of illegal copies of movies and TV programs used on computer networks such as BitTorrent. The MPAA and its members also are working closely with law enforcement and civil authorities around the world to shut down illegal servers on eDonkey and DirectConnect networks.
"The operators of these servers exercise total control over which files are included on their servers, and even determine if some kinds of files aren't allowed," said John Malcolm, the MPAA's Senior Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations. "For instance, some operators won't post pornography on their systems, but they have no compunction allowing illegal files of copyrighted movies and TV shows to flow through their servers. We are moving to stop that. The message today is clear: if you illegally trade movies online, we can find you and we will hold you accountable."
BitTorrent, Direct Connect and eDonkey are all examples of newer kinds of "peer-to-peer" file-trading networks that have proliferated online in recent years. These kinds of P2P networks rely on servers termed BitTorrent "trackers," eDonkey "servers," and Direct Connect "hubs" to index and efficiently deliver files of all kinds. The operators being targeted by these actions have helped online pirates steal hundreds of millions of illegal copies of movies and TV programs.
Beyond civil suits filed in U.S. and U.K. courts, the MPAA and its members are working with rights-holder organizations and local law-enforcement agencies in several other countries to pursue criminal actions against the people behind illegal file-trading servers based in those countries. Law enforcement officials in Finland, France and The Netherlands have already taken actions based on the information brought to their attention.
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