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May 24, 2005

FOX Issuing Takedown Notices to Sith UPloaders

Posted by Ernest Miller

Thep2pweblog reports that the 20th Century FOX film studio is issuing notice and takedown letters targeted at those using BitTorrent to acquire copies of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (FOX Issuing Takedown Notices to Sith Downloaders). The notices aren't coming from FOX directly, but from the P2P monitoring company BayTSP, which is apparently authorized to send such notices on behalf of FOX.

Jason Striegel comments on BoingBoing (FOX Issuing Takedown Notices to Sith Downloaders):

I recently was forwarded a message from a concerned reader who was just served a copyright infringement notice for downloading Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith. FOX is going after small-time downloaders.
Well, if they're using BitTorrent, then they're not just downloaders are they? They are uploaders as well. That is how BitTorrent works and why it is so efficient. You might have had a centralized tracker, but even that isn't necessary anymore (Publication via BitTorrent Just Got Easier). How the heck is BayTSP supposed to figure out who is a small-time "downloader" and who isn't?

This may be essentially be for principle only (and the press it will get), but those who use BitTorrent to infringe copyright need to realize that they're not hard-to-track downloaders anymore.

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1. Name on May 26, 2005 04:02 PM writes...

This Sux!!!

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