posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 05:26 PM
reply to post by Juggernog
Simple answer, they do not monitor every torrent. In fact they don't do anything new at all. In order for them to have information on your ip they
would need to have been part of a swarm for any specific torrent. This constitutes the sum total of what has been used as proof in virtually all
Here's how it works. A new film/album comes out. Agents of the RIAA/MPAA/BPI then have two options. They can dump a fake version, which all the morons
then go grabbing thinking its the real thing when its just a gig of junk data, or they can wait for the first cams or scene releases to appear. In
either case their job is to become part of the swarm for that particular file. Any decent torrent client has an option to log any and all connections
requests from everyone else in the swarm (some even have the ability to perform file searches, for unrelated seeds, within the swarm itself). All that
needs to happen is for your client to connect to theirs and send a complete chunk. This chunk constitutes evidence, thanks mainly to its hash, and
because of this ability to verify, they do not need to download the entire file from you, they can simply assume you have the file (complete if a
seeder, or partial as a leech), in either case, you are infringing their copyright, as far as they are concerned. Screenshots showing completion and
log data o corresponding ip connections in used.
Now one might ask, what is the point of fake files, you can not infringe copyright if the data is junk. This is where the letters usually come from.
The naïve can get shafted twice, wasting their bandwidth on rubbish and receiving a threatening letter from a shady law firm demanding money for
So nothing new really.
I'm far more interested to know what the future of filesharing will be. We started physical bootlegs, moved on to xdcc, then Gnutella and the edonkey
network, and on to usenet and bittorrent. The industry has always played catchup. It's a dinosaur in the digital age. What will be the next big push
forward? Far more interesting than their feeble attempts to stop it.
edit on 11-2-2013 by threewisemonkeys because: (no reason given)