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November 22, 2005

Web piracy suffers a blow

Hollywood studios have secured an agreement with BitTorrent Inc creator, Bram Cohen, in an effort to reduce web piracy.

By CBR Staff Writer

BitTorrent Inc software boasts the capacity to download data-intensive video files quickly and efficiently making it the most widely used technology for the illegal distribution of movies across the internet.

The agreement will secure the removal of web links that lead to illegal movie content owned by one of the seven studios belonging to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) from the BitTorrnet Inc website.

Cohen maintains that he is happy to lend support to the film industry in its fight against movie piracy: BitTorrent Inc discourages the use of its technology for distributing films without a license to do so. By removing unauthorized content from bittorrent.com’s search engine it will make leads to illegal files more difficult to locate.

Although the agreement will not prevent web piracy, given that users can use other sites and internet tools to find illegal content, Cohen’s support for the MPAA in its battle against piracy could inspire the creation of a new legal service provided by the movie industry with the support of BitTorrent Inc technology.

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