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BitTorrent and MPAA announce agreement

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 23 Nov 2005 22:48 User comments (10)

BitTorrent and MPAA announce agreement Dan Glickman, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) Chairman and CEO and Bram Cohen, BitTorrent Founder and CEO, yesterday announced an agreement that will see links to infringing files removed from the BitTorrent.com search engine. BitTorrent was created by Cohen to help sites distribute large files without getting huge bandwidth bills and because of its reliability and speed, it has been adopted as one of the best ways to get pirated content.
"BitTorrent is an extremely efficient publishing tool and search engine that allows creators and rights holders to make their content available on the Internet securely," said Cohen. "BitTorrent, Inc. discourages the use of its technology for distributing films without a license to do so. As such, we are pleased to work with the film industry to remove unauthorized content from BitTorrent.com’s search engine." Glickman now hopes that others will follow suit.

"We are glad that Bram Cohen and his company are working with us to limit access to infringing files on the BitTorrent.com website," said Glickman. "They are leading the way for other companies by their example." It has long been rumored that Hollywood has been interested in BitTorrent as a way to quickly and reliably distribute legitimate content to consumers all over the world.

The MPAA has brought lawsuits against sites that use BitTorrent to aid in the trade of illegal copies of movies since last December. Most sites that were sued have shut down. However, there are still many sites where BitTorrent users can download and share pirated movies and it would be very unlikely that those sites would remove any torrent files at the MPAA's request.

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10 user comments

124.11.2005 3:21

Oh yeah, hardly anyone used the BitTorrent site to look for TORRENT files. Well, not that many anyway. Haha, as long as registered trackers are up it's all good! -Mike

224.11.2005 5:08

the info BitTorrent and MPAA announce agreement 24 November 2005 3:48 by Dela [picture]Dan Glickman, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) Chairman and CEO and Bram Cohen, BitTorrent Founder and CEO, yesterday announced an agreement that will see links to infringing files removed from the BitTorrent.com search engine. BitTorrent was created by Cohen to help sites distribute large files without getting huge bandwidth bills and because of its reliability and speed, it has been adopted as one of the best ways to get pirated content. "BitTorrent is an extremely efficient publishing tool and search engine that allows creators and rights holders to make their content available on the Internet securely," said Cohen. "BitTorrent, Inc. discourages the use of its technology for distributing films without a license to do so. As such, we are pleased to work with the film industry to remove unauthorized content from BitTorrent.com’s search engine." Glickman now hopes that others will follow suit. "We are glad that Bram Cohen and his company are working with us to limit access to infringing files on the BitTorrent.com website," said Glickman. "They are leading the way for other companies by their example." It has long been rumored that Hollywood has been interested in BitTorrent as a way to quickly and reliably distribute legitimate content to consumers all over the world. The MPAA has brought lawsuits against sites that use BitTorrent to aid in the trade of illegal copies of movies since last December. Most sites that were sued have shut down. However, there are still many sites where BitTorrent users can download and share pirated movies and it would be very unlikely that those sites would remove any torrent files at the MPAA's request. http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/7054.cfm

324.11.2005 15:54

why are you quoting the story two posts below it?

424.11.2005 18:24

the response

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why are you quoting the story two posts below it?

524.11.2005 22:55

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BitTorrent was created by Cohen to help sites distribute large files without getting huge bandwidth bills and because of its reliability and speed, it has been adopted as one of the best ways to get pirated content.
Bullsh1t! He knew from the word go what was going to happen! not that I am complaining! :P

625.11.2005 6:03

The way I see it,after the donations slowed down he decided to make his money another way.Business as usual.

725.11.2005 17:55

Let's face it, there are many other better methods around now to find Torrents, Bram Cohen got out while he was ahead and is now laughing all the way to the bank having ripped MPPA off by selling them on an outmoded search engine.

826.11.2005 11:17
Hvezda
Inactive

He told them what they wanted to hear, knowing full and well they don't really hear anything relevant, or information that does not lick ass.

929.11.2005 3:32

I think its great PR for my favourite way of downloading content, as it shows a genuine move to prevent another napster.. so its great news all round. I mean, there will still be pirates, but at least the point has been made.

1016.12.2005 20:44
xhardc0re
Inactive

On any given day at any time, I can hit up most major search engines just by typing "xxxxxx torrent" where xxxxxx is the title of the movie/game I'm looking for. After a bit of searching through thousands of hits, I always find it :) I bought a T-shirt to thank Bram for his excellent work! Thanks Bram!!

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