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MPAA Sets Up Phony Site to Catch Pirates

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posted on Jul, 4 2007 @ 08:54 PM
MPAA's Media Defender set up a website to lure people into providing personal information and downloading a program ostensibly to speed up downloads of files, but which actually searched one's files for copyrighted material and reported it to Media Defender.

The site,, complete with a user registration, forum, and "family filter", offers complete downloads of movies and "fast and easy video downloading all in one great site." But that's not all; MiiVi also offers client software to speed up the downloading process. The only catch is, after it's installed, it searches your computer for other copyrighted files and reports back.

[edit on 2007/7/4 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Jul, 4 2007 @ 10:25 PM
They also hack torrent websites and set up fake movie torrents that when you download it sends your IP to them. I hope they do not succeed.

posted on Jul, 5 2007 @ 05:20 AM
I believe thats entrapment and illegal.

They install spyware (again, I believe illegal in the US) on your computer and scan for any films on your hard drive.

Of course, even then they cannot prove you havent bought a legal copy of the DVD and just made a backup on your computer.

These criminals are getting more and more desperate.

posted on Jul, 5 2007 @ 08:00 PM
You know, of course, that no one needs Hollywood.

They entertain us, but there are a lot of ways to be entertained.

I don't advocate piracy, but I don't advocate these measures, either.

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