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BitTorrent File-Sharing Site Agrees to Help Fight Piracy

23 Nov, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf


The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has forged a truce with BitTorrent Inc.'s peer-to-peer file-sharing technology.

BitTorrent vowed to remove any links that will direct users to pirated content housed on the file-sharing network in a joint statement released by MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman and BitTorrent founder and CEO Bram Cohen at a press conference at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

The announcement also hinted that the MPAA is looking at BitTorrent technology as a potential delivery option for content. The two companies will work to “identify and promote constructive innovation in this area,” according to the joint statement.

Cohen said BitTorrent's existence as a search engine is vital to creators and rights holders who want to provide secure legal Internet access to content. But, he said, BitTorrent discourages use of the technology to distribute films without a license.

“As such we are pleased to work with the film industry to remove unauthorized content from BitTorrent.com's search engine,” Cohen said.

Over the last year, MPAA has brought lawsuits against several Web sites using the BitTorrent protocol for illegal distribution of movies. Since then, 90 percent of the sites sued have shut down, according to the statement.

Last week's joint announcement, however, only applies to BitTorrent.com, other sites using the BitTorrent protocols have not pledged to remove access to pirated content.

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