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Poachers & Gamekeepers: Isohunt and TorrentSpy Will Filter Out Copyrighted Works

My pal Jamie pointed me towards today’s news that Isohunt and TorrentSpy, probably the two most commonly used torrent site aggregators have announced that they will be implementing a service called FileRights to filter the media indexed by their site. This system is composed of a databse of cryptographic hashes corresponding to copyrighted movies-music-software, and will eliminate ‘offending’ items from the search results.

Every different encoding or compresson of a file will have a different hash value so it will take some time for the mechanism to become in any way effective, and given the competition amongst torrent sites together with the low cost of lanuching new aggregators it’s unlikely to have any effect. These two search aggregators have acquired some brand value however and are obviously keen to stay alive and ultimately cash in.

June 26, 2007 - Posted by | /, copyright, enforcement, p2p

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