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Discussion in 'Windows - P2P software' started by tennisboy, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. tennisboy

    tennisboy Guest

    has anyone else heard about the lawsuit goin on with torrentspy.com soon it will be able to track IP's. I do not like this.
     
  2. ireland

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    BitTorrent site ordered to enable server logs, turn them over to MPAA

    By Eric Bangeman | Published: June 10, 2007 - 11:21PM CT

    In a ruling made last month but only unsealed last Friday, a federal judge ordered BitTorrent site Torrentspy.com to begin tracking its users as possible evidence in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a handful of movie studios and the MPAA. According to the terms of the order (PDF), TorrentSpy will be required to keep server log files detailing its users' activities while on site, including IP addresses and torrent files downloaded.

    The judge's ruling would force TorrentSpy to act in a manner contrary to its privacy policy, which says that the site does not collect any personal information about its users. In a message to the "friends of TorrentSpy" published on the TorrentSpy front page, its administrators say that they are appealing the judge's order and will not create logs of what its users do throughout the site without their consent.

    TorrentSpy was targeted by the MPAA in a series of lawsuits that also named other BitTorrent sites IsoHunt, NiteShadow.com, TorrentBox.com, and BTHub.com, along with an eDonkey site and three membership-based sites that provide access to binaries posted on Usenet. The suit accuses the sites of providing illegal access to tens of thousands of copyrighted works, including feature films.

    As part of the discovery process, the plaintiffs filed a motion on March 12 of this year seeking to force TorrentSpy to preserve and produce server log data. The MPAA was looking for IP addresses of those seeking "dot-torrent" files, the requests for the torrent files themselves, and the dates and times the requests were made. The defendants pointed out that they had never had server logs enabled because it wasn't a necessary part of their business operations, and because they believed that privacy laws in the Netherlands—where the TorrentSpy servers are located—prevented them from maintaining and turning over logs.

    Judge Jacqueline Chooljian said that since the data sought by the MPAA was at least temporarily available in RAM, it was covered by the rules of evidence. Therefore, it must be logged.

    The judge has stayed the enforcement of the order pending an appeal, which must be filed by June 12. Should the motion stand, users of TorrentSpy run the risk of having some personally identifying information fall into the hands of the MPAA. Unlike the RIAA, which has used IP addresses to identify and sue thousands of suspected file-sharers, the MPAA has yet to go after individuals, choosing instead to target BitTorrent sites.

    TorrentSpy will be allowed to mask IP addresses in the newly-maintained logs, and the MPAA is prohibited from using "brute force" or other means to try and unmask the addresses once the log files are turned over. The original IP addresses, however, must be retained and could conceivably be turned over to the MPAA as well.

    Should TorrentSpy fail to overturn the judge's order, the site would have no choice but to begin compiling log files on all its users. The prospect that their IP addresses would be logged and possibly turned over to the MPAA may be enough to discourage some users from using TorrentSpy, which would mark another small victory for the motion picture industry.


    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/pos...nable-server-logs-turn-them-over-to-mpaa.html

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  3. tennisboy

    tennisboy Guest

    yeah im definitly not using it anymore
     
  4. Ripper

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    Sounds like a plan, LOL!
     

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