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BitTorrent Inc. To Block Copyright Infringing Content?

28 August 2015

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sent a letter to BitTorrent Inc.’s CEO Eric Klinker asking the company to prevent copyright infringement content.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of BitTorrent Inc.’s development of a distributed hash table (DHT) approach to file distribution, and yet, as we have previously discussed with your company, we remain very concerned about the overwhelming use of BitTorrent Inc. developed clients to infringe our members’ content

-  “The software client applications developed, marketed, and distributed by BitTorrent Inc. facilitated approximately 75% of the over 1.6 million torrent based infringements of our members’ works in the united States upon which a notice was sent in 2014.”

-  “Based on a random sample of 500 torrents containing audio content that was selected from data obtained from BitTorrent Inc.’s DHT, 82.4% were found to be commercially available and therefore highly likely to be protected by copyright.”

-  “99 of the top 100 most popular music torrents in the Music category on one of the most popular torrent portals were found to be infringing.”

We are willing to establish a process to share the hashes with BitTorrent Inc. on a regular basis so that BitTorrent Inc. can use the information to deter further infringement of those files via its goods and services

We urge BitTorrent Inc. to live up to those words and take meaningful steps to deter this widespread infringement occurring using its own products and services

Included with the letter was a list of hashes of its members’ works including tracks from  Lady Gaga,  Madonna, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Usher and other.

The most BitTorrent users think that requests from RIAA are ridiculous. Trust.Zone VPN recommends using VPN to avoid any tracking by RIAA, MPAA. If you use BitTorrent, you absolutely need to hide your identity and data. If you really want to keep your activity and downloads private, your best way involves routing your BitTorrent connection through secure internet connection.

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