“This time last year, unencrypted torrents accounted for about 500Mbit/s of bandwidth, while files that had been scrambled by uploaders swallowed just 20Mbit/s,” says the story.
New data show bandwidth used by unencrypted torrents has fallen to 350Mbit/s but, “Sharing of masked music, video and software has meanwhile exploded to average more than 200Mbit/s”.
Now Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s BPI is trying desperately to spin this as a positive revelation.
“If certain ISPs are experiencing disproportionately high volumes of encrypted torrent traffic we expect it is partly in response to a combination of effective ISP abuse teams the enforcement efforts of the police and industry,” The Register has BPI (British Phonographic Industry) mouthperson Matt Phillips saying.
The trend towards encryption, “means current efforts by music publishers and government to cut a deal with ISPs to create a monitoring system to boot persistent copyright infringers off the internet, which we revealed last month is likely to be rendered pointless,” the story says, continuing:
The most popular BitTorrent client, uTorrent, can be configured to use RC4 encryption to obscure torrent streams and header information. Armstrong said that although future DPI gear may be able to grab some header detail, the music or movie itself is likely to remain inaccessible.
So-called content filtering software from Audible Magic cannot peer inside encrypted packets, either.
Meanwhile, BitTorrent isn’t all there is and very soon, the BPI will have another spin to be spun.
The Pirate Bay is working on a new file sharing protocol.
Definitely stay tuned.
The Register – Surge in encrypted torrents blindsides record biz, November 8, 2007
file sharing protocol – The Pirate Bay file sharing protocol, October 30, 2007
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