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May 12, 2005
MPAA Goes After Television BitTorrent Tracking Sites
C|Net News reports that the MPAA has sued a number of BitTorrent sites directing people to television programs (MPAA targets TV download sites):
The latest round of suits retains a focus on BitTorrent technology, which has been widely used online to distribute movies and films.
The suits are focused on the sites that serve as traffic directors for BitTorrent swaps, rather than on individual computer users uploading and downloading content. The MPAA also has sued individuals, but has not said how many people have been targeted.
The six sites sued Thursday include ShunTV, Zonatracker [Spanish], Btefnet, Scifi-Classics, CDDVDHeaven and Bragginrights. [links added]
What took them so long? Of course, the MPAA isn't going after the people who actually make BitTorrent work, those that download/upload using the service. So, very likely, these lawsuits will ultimately be useless and have no effect.
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