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MPAA is Coming After BitTorrent Users

Posted: April 13th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
MPAA is Coming After BitTorrent UsersSubmit Comment
Ever since "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" leaked online, 20th Century Fox, the FBI and the MPAA started a manhunt for the person responsible for stealing a copy of the yet to be released film.

Since "Wolverine" is shared through BitTorrent sites, the MPAA has been doing everything in its power to obtain private emails of TorrentSpy and The Pirate Bay, in order to dig up dirt on their owners and users.

One way the organization has been doing this is by hiring a hacker back in 2005, who has previously configured the TorrentSpy mail server to copy and forward all of the site's emails to his own Gmail account. The 34 pages of information he gathered was then sold to the MPAA for $15,000. TorrentSpy's owner later sued the MPAA, arguing that they had spied on him illegally, but he ended up losing the case.

The court ruled that the MPAA did not technically intercept them under the WireTap Act, but TorrentSpy is calling the decision a "dangerous attempt to circumvent privacy laws." If the ruling is upheld, it will basically legalize the unauthorized copying of other people's emails, which raises serious privacy concerns.

TorrentSpy has now filed a brief at the Court of Appeals and that the MPAA is expected to do the same in the near future. From then on it can take up to a year before the appeal is heard in court.

The point of this story is that if the law sides with the MPAA, everyone who has downloaded a copy of "Wolverine" or uses sharing sites could be at risk.

Source: TorrentFreak


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acslaterson writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 6:58:42 AM

That hacker only made $15,000?! What an idiot! The fine is what, up to $250,000? 34 pages of information, that is some really bad math on the hacker's part. Hahaha.
Gunslinger writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 7:52:14 AM

What do you mean? At risk for what? An ancient curse? Losing my first born child? Herpes? Going deaf about 3000kHz? Premature baldness? Sterility? A rare form of syphilis that goes directly to the third stage and dementia? Will all memories of Wolverine be surgically erased? A tax audit? Night blindness? A Blade Runner remake with Zac Efron? Dear God, what have we done??? If only Johnny Depp hadn't made piracy appear so glamorous, this would never have happened...
JakeVermont writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 8:34:58 AM

LOOOOOL Gunslinger!!!! You are the man!!! So right!! Oh my a blade runner with zac efron? Man that killed me!!! :D:D:D I hade that guy so much he is soo gay!!!
kidmerchantfourth5665 writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 9:32:48 AM

so is this just for wolverine or for everyone that uses BITtorrent? this hit me where it hurts, someone reply pleaaaase.
PrevalentMind writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 10:19:17 AM

Too bad for all the fools who sent emails to these sites- Who does that? Otherwise they'd have nothing but an IP address they could barely track while its actively downloading...
turnage76 writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 12:03:40 PM

how does one become a hacker. is it math or encryptions.
Shifty-Eyed Dog writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 1:29:32 PM

Until they PROSECUTE that FoxNews reporter, I don't see how they can do anything to anyone else. He blatantly, freely, and very publicly admitted he did it, and even endorsed it. If they are going to do NOTHING to him legal-wise (all they did was fire him), how can they selectively go after anyone else?
PrevalentMind writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 1:58:18 PM

They can't...but its a scare tactic that'll shut down people who had a fear of downloading movies in the first place. A person's imagination is its worst enemy and when you add to that paranoia an official email warning from Fox- those people sh*t themselves. Its the best deterrent they have really lol.
BlutoDaBoss21 writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 2:51:10 PM

"if only Johnny Depp hadn't made piracy appear so glamorous, this would never have happened..." LOL nicely put
usualclerk writes:
on April 13th, 2009 at 7:37:50 PM

Best post ever Gunslinger. I can't stop laughling...
the_tortel writes:
on April 18th, 2009 at 4:03:35 AM

Head for the hills kiddies!

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