Feeds

Motion Picture Ass. launches Gnutella offensive

Cease and desist

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The Motion Picture Association Of America has begun targeting Gnutella users, having successfully seen off Scour. The Ass. has started contacting US ISPs and university network administrators to warn them that some of their users are illegally sharing copyright movie material.

And in response to such pressure from the MPAA, Excite@Home, for one, has begun emailing users demanding they cease their alleged copyright infringing actions on pain of being disconnected. Says the email:

"We have received a complaint from [the MPAA] that you are distributing copyrighted material via Gnutella using your @Home Network services. We are requesting that you immediately remove any files which you are distributing in violation of copyright and cease this activity within 24 hours.

"This behaviour is in violation of the @Home Acceptable Use Policy and continuation of this activity will result in termination of your @Home services."

The Excite@Home emails provide lists of what movies were shared and when they were offered to other Gnutella users. That information will have come from the MPAA, which must be using snooping software to monitor sharing activity between Gnutella users. In this case, it appears to have used a third-party to do the tracking.

The MPAA's move mirrors similar warnings sent out to US universities last summer by Metallica. The band alleged that its songs were being shared illegally via the Napster network, and demanded that Napster be banned. Unlike Metallica, the MPAA does not appear to be backing up its requests with legal action.

It would be on a sticky wicket if it did. The Ass. cites the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as the law alleged movie sharers are infringing. What it doesn't appear to have pointed out is that the DMCA states that ISPs are not liable for the actions of their users.

"What we're trying to do is educate the population about what is appropriate, both from an ethical standpoint and from a legal standpoint," said Ken Jacobson, the MPAA's anti-piracy chief. ®

Related Story

Music industry tracking individual MP3 file sharers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.