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BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored
bbc ^ | 9/4/12 | staff

Posted on 09/04/2012 12:36:01 PM PDT by Nachum

Anyone using file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the latest film or music release is likely to be monitored, UK-based researchers suggest.

A Birmingham University study indicates that an illegal file-sharer downloading popular content would be logged by a monitoring firm within three hours.

The team said it was "surprised" by the scale of the monitoring.

Copyright holders could use the data to crack down on illegal downloads.

The three-year research was carried out by a team of computer scientists who developed software that acted like a BitTorrent file-sharing client and logged all the connections made to it.

BitTorrent is a method of obtaining files by downloading from many users at the same time.

The logs revealed that monitoring did not distinguish between hardcore illegal downloaders and those new to it.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beseeingyou; bigbrother; bighollywood; bittorrent; copyright; filesharers; illegaldownloading; monitored; piracy; pornification; study; theprisoner

1 posted on 09/04/2012 12:36:14 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Bastards!


2 posted on 09/04/2012 12:39:51 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Nachum

I can see it now in the not-too-distant future. Some candidate for office is going to be struck down because somebody will discover they illegally downloaded music or movies.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 12:40:15 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Nachum

Is NetFlix really so expensive that people screw around downloading Harry Potter or whatever, and risk losing their ISP service?


4 posted on 09/04/2012 12:41:10 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

agreed.. monitor them and arrest them.


5 posted on 09/04/2012 12:45:05 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: montag813

Most of the downloaded files are FAR from Harry Potter.
They are The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. Things that are still in theaters.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 12:45:42 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: montag813

Good luck finding harry potter or any other decent movie on netflix streaming


7 posted on 09/04/2012 12:51:40 PM PDT by jjw
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To: montag813

Good luck finding harry potter or any other decent movie on netflix streaming


8 posted on 09/04/2012 12:52:42 PM PDT by jjw
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To: Slump Tester

And of course spreading this around couldn’t possibly be intended to simply scare ppl away, right?


9 posted on 09/04/2012 12:53:34 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: netmilsmom

I’d love to have the ability to LEGALLY stream movies that are newly released so as long as the price is decent.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 12:53:48 PM PDT by Txngal
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To: netmilsmom
Most of the downloaded files are FAR from Harry Potter.
They are The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers.
Things that are still in theaters.

As well as a whole lot of Porn
(I've heard tell)

11 posted on 09/04/2012 12:53:53 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Nachum
Anyone using file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the latest film or music release is likely to be monitored, UK-based researchers suggest.

12 posted on 09/04/2012 12:56:17 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: dfwgator
"Some REPUBLICAN OR CONSERVATIVE candidate for office is going to be struck down because somebody will discover they illegally downloaded music or movies."

Fixed it...

13 posted on 09/04/2012 12:57:59 PM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: DJ Frisat

That too, somebody is going to pay big money to get that information, you can bet.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 12:59:09 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

I can see it now in the not-too-distant future. Some candidate for office is going to be struck down because somebody will discover they illegally downloaded music or movies.


Great point!


15 posted on 09/04/2012 1:05:13 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Nachum

I recently got a nastygram from my ISP about someone downloading an HBO movie from my IP address. I knew it wasn’t me, because I already owned a purchased copy of the movie in question. I tracked the problem down to someone piggybacking onto the wireless signal from my ISP provided router. My only actual wireless device is an HP printer. The ISP’s WiFi used only WEP security; easily crackable, I now find out, with any of several free downloadable WEP-cracker programs in 3 minutes or less. I wound up disabling the router’s wireless feature and purchased a much more secure wireless access point that uses WPA2 encryption so that I could still use the printer.
All this will do is shift the bandwidth thief to one of the other wifi networks in ny neighborhood.
Now, if there were only some way of tracking down the piggybacker.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 1:05:25 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (The First Amendment is a large caliber weapon. USE IT !!!)
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To: Nachum

I read one idea that would essentially make everyone on the system into a pirate, sort of.

The idea takes the concept of distributed computing further, by using the most available asset of most users, some of their empty hard disk space, say 1GB per user.

Before they start swapping files, they download most of a GB of *pieces* of file content, with massive redundancy of pieces by users. A user might have the equivalent of pieces of a thousand different movies on his system, without a single whole movie. If he gets more than a certain number of pieces from the same movie, his system discards some of them.

But a user would have no idea what was in his 1GB.

To get an entire movie, a lot of time would be spent looking for related hash strings. Otherwise, it would be a constant transition of file pieces flowing hither and yon, and hard to tell who was collecting a particular file from the flow.


17 posted on 09/04/2012 1:07:25 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Txngal

>>I’d love to have the ability to LEGALLY stream movies that are newly released so as long as the price is decent.<<

That’s not going to happen any time soon.
Studios have stock in theaters. If we all could sit in the privacy of our homes and watch 1st run films, who would go to a theater?


18 posted on 09/04/2012 1:18:27 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Nachum

“”If the content was in the top 100 it was monitored within hours,” he said. “Someone will notice and it will be recorded.”

Less popular content was also monitored although less frequently, the study indicated.”

Thanks for the tip!


19 posted on 09/04/2012 1:23:25 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Nachum

20 posted on 09/04/2012 1:24:28 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Txngal
I’d love to have the ability to LEGALLY stream movies that are newly released so as long as the price is decent.

It's coming. My wife and I just paid $9.99 to stream Bachelorette on demand in HD. It won't be released to theaters until this Friday but for the last couple of weeks it has enjoyed huge success Video On Demand. The studio bigwigs are taking notice. Other titles are also enjoing "pre-theater" VOD releases, granted not the huge blockbusters, but smaller less expensive films aimed at grown-ups.

21 posted on 09/04/2012 1:27:20 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Slump Tester

that’s a whole lotta SWAT teams busting into a whole lotta Starbucks...


22 posted on 09/04/2012 1:30:41 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: netmilsmom

Not ALWAYS theater movies. MOST theater movies on torrents are recorded on handheld cameras with the hearing impaired audio jacked into the camera’s audio-in port. You get great audio and horrible video.

More often, I see people downloading movies recently released on DVD/BD since they’ll be exact rips from the media that someone somewhere picked up.

Back in my college years, I knew people in the media who would get advanced copies of movies that the studios often sent out as promotions for reviews in magazines/newspapers/etc. Those advanced copies were the actual DVD of the movie set to be out in theaters and often had a header and/or footer with studio markers. It took a theater-school buddy of mine less than 90 seconds to remove those watermarks, et voila! You had a perfect copy of a movie that wasn’t even in theaters yet.

As I recall, it was Bowling for Columbine.


23 posted on 09/04/2012 1:41:36 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Txngal
I’d love to have the ability to LEGALLY stream movies that are newly released so as long as the price is decent."

Vudu streams newer films for $6 or $7 a title I think. It's basically a video on demand service equivalent to the one provided by the cable provider except it uses IP streaming and sometimes has movies not available through the standard cable provider on demand service. I got free trial credit and watched a couple of movies, worked great.

24 posted on 09/04/2012 2:14:03 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: montag813

Netflix (on the streaming side) has every movie you never wanted to watch.


25 posted on 09/04/2012 4:02:33 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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