Thursday, July 05, 2007

MPAA Sets Up Fake Site to Catch Pirates

This is interesting ...

Apparently the MPAA set up a honeypot site called to catch illegal downloaders and "sharers" of video files. The site is now offline, so I can't get a look at it, but according to a post at Slashdot (Slashdot MPAA Sets Up Fake Site to Catch Pirates), users were encouraged to sign up and download and install a bit of software to manage their downloads. The software actually scoured the users' drives for other copyrighted works and then reported back to the MPAA.

The privacy issues are pretty obvious. I really wanted to take a look at the site's Terms of Use or the software's EULA to see if they at least attempted to get some form of consent for this, but the whole site is dead.

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