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The National Broadband Network Company today confirmed it had hired Sabiene Heindl, one of the most high-profile executives working for the music industry's Australian anti-piracy taskforce, Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI).
Digital piracy for some isn't a crime: it's an art. Since the '80s, highly experienced groups of tech heads have been painstakingly copying legitimate content and distributing it among a close network of like-minded people. But, unlike what most people think, they don't want the general public to get their hands on it, and they hate sites like The Pirate Bay. For them, this is serious business, and one they don't want to share.
Mininova's decision to remove links to copyright-protected media last week is being hailed as a victory by Dutch anti-piracy group Stichting Brein. However, it's unlikely to make much difference to network traffic and could prove a boon for independent producers.
One of the things that has always bothered me about the Recording Industry Association of America and its file-sharing lawsuits is that, for many of those people, their biggest crime is being uninformed.I can't tell you many of my own friends and extended family members - educated, law-abiding citizens - who had no idea that they were sharing music illegally.
Despite the fact that it's testing a system to cut back bandwidth for heavy (P2P) users during peak traffic time, Comcast says it hasn't decided on any network management techniques as yet, IDG reports. The FCC issued an order this week requiring Comcast to stop network management that discriminates against certain protocols, like BitTorrent.
Comcast and BitTorrent said Thursday that they will collaborate and figure out the best way to manage peer-to-peer traffic on the cable giant's network. Regulators began holding hearings after Comcast had used network shaping techniques to manage P2P traffic much to the chagrin of BitTorrent.
The P4P working group demo'd higher P2P download speeds with 1/6th the inter-metro hops that soak up expensive, long-distance network bandwidth. P4P is designed to enable better ISP and P2P coexistence with a win/win solution: better performance for users and less network overhead for the ISP.
Verizon has been experimenting with a new technology called P4P, which localizes P2P file transfers, as many media are reporting today. Essentially, rather than randomly pulling pieces of a file from around the world, Verizon is communicating the locations of their users, so local sources are preferred over distant ones.
In a filing with the FCC yesterday, Comcast admits it messes with certain "P2P protocols."Plain English: When Comcast subscribers are exchanging large files- Comcast sees these as poential factors in slowing down its network, and reserves the right to employ digital chicanery to interrrupt these sessions.
Last week, ars technica reported that Ohio University banned peer-to-peer file sharing, removing file sharers from the network until they contact the university's help desk. Ohio University maintains that bandwidth concerns drove the decision:"Left unchecked, P2P applications can consume all available network bandwidth," said Ohio University CIO Brice Bible.
Installing anti-piracy on every computer on a large university network would cost upwards of $1 million. Bill would free federal dollars to pay for the installation.
Viacom claims Google's YouTube is profiting from piracy, but YouTube is not monetizing the traffic in question. Viacom is, but its costs for hosting are not inconsiderable, its distribution capacity is limited, and the failure to create a network of online resellers is, over the long run, untenable.
Yet-to-launch legal P2P network hopes to succeed with label-supported version of traditional file-sharing model.
I2Hub, a file-swapping network piggybacking on the Internet2 research network, posts its own epitaph.
File-swap stalwart to pull plug on P2P network, hand $50 million in damages to studios, labels, publishers.
iMesh relaunches Tuesday as the first formerly unregulated peer-to-peer network to turn itself into a paid music service. iMesh reopens with 'label approved' P2P
Applications like IM, web conferencing and P2P, deployed by the end user and elusive at the network level are described by FaceTime as 'greynets'. Learn how to enable the good ones and block the bad.
Justices voice concern for future innovation, while showing interest in holding file-swap companies responsible for piracy. FAQ: Betamax--tech's favorite ruling Photos: Making noise at P2P hearings
Researchers think computers that "gossip" with each other are key to filtering out ads--and piracy-fighting decoys--on P2P networks.
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