p2pnet news view | RIAA News:- MediaSentry and Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG’s RIAA may soon be going their separate ways, p2pnet understands from confidential sources.
We’re told another online scalp-hunter, BayTSP, may ultimately replace MediaSentry, with DtecNet Software taking up the slack in the meanwhile.
The rumour was neither confirmed nor denied by SafeNet’s MediaSentry or BayTSP in response to p2pnet, and we hadn’t heard back from DtecNet at the time of writing.
Danish Anti-Piracy Group
The MPAA has released Movie Studio Piracy software, “to allow parents — or anyone else who gets hold of it — to scour computers looking for content to delete on behalf of the movie studios,” p2pnet posted in 2005, going on »»»
It doesn`t seem possible they could actually get away with this, does it? But that`s Hollywood.
The application was developed by DtecNet Software, a Danish software firm whose chairman is, by an amazing coincidence, Johan Schluter, a member of the Big Music record label cartel’s IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), and which also boasts the Danish Anti-Piracy Group’s Niels Bo Jorgensen as a board member.
And the ap seems to be about as @#$%ed up as the entertainment industry`s attempts to regain control of what used to be its customer base by suing them and trying to kill anything which looks even remotely like competition.
‘Suspect in certain situations’
They do a lot of tracking of content distributed via the BitTorrent protocol and regularly send out copyright infringement notices (link PDF) to users via their ISP, ordering the content to be taken down. BayTSP also claim to be able to track first uploaders of copyright works on the BitTorrent and eDonkey networks via their `First Source` technology.
It is unclear how this system operates but it is believed to be relatively primitive – BayTSP searches for filenames (in torrents or ed2k links) which imply infringing content and then download the content to confirm that is indeed the case. The user`s ISP would then be contacted with a takedown demand in the usual way.
The quality of the methods used by BayTSP appear suspect in certain situations.
‘Imaginative MediaSentry presentations’
MediaSentry, a major RIAA partner in its sue ‘em all campaign, is said to be operating illegally as a private investigator in a number of US states and, “Anyone following the sad tale of how a parasite (the RIAA) living in symbiosis with four dying dinosaurs ( Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG) struggles to keep its hosts alive by attacking very organisms which enabled them to survive (Big 4 customers), will be familiar with the name Doug Jacobson, said p2pnet.
We went on »»»
He works for the RIAA and another invasive Big 4 parasite, MediaSentry.
Despite the fact shaky, to be kind, evidence of file sharing supplied by MediaSentry and presented by Jacobson has been shredded repeatedly, the RIAA continues to offer it to judges involved in what should be innocuous civil copyright infringement actions, claimed by the RIAA and Big 4 to be terrible crimes.
Through his Recording Industry vs The People, New York lawyer Ray Beckerman has been at the forefront of efforts to show the RIAA and major labels up for what they really are — unconscionable bullies who rely on brutal attacks on their own customers to survive.
Despite literally thousands of attempts, the RIAA has yet to bring even one case to a successful conclusion and increasingly, judges are questioning the reliability of both Jacobson and MediaSentry.
Now Beckerman is acting as host. But this time, not for parasites.
Rather, he`s running list of imaginative MediaSentry presentations which, claim Jacobson and MediaSentry in all seriousness, represent hard evidence of copyright infringements.
For those of you litigating or investigating the investigative work of MediaSentry, we have made available online the MediaSentry exhibits that were used at the October, 2007, trial in Capitol Records v. Thomas, along with the report of the RIAA`s `expert, Dr. Doug Jacobson, which recites that he relied upon these materials, he says.
Of the literally thousands of attacks by the RIAA on Big 4 customers, not one has reached a successful conclusion.
Jammie Thomas is the only one of RIAA victims to have appeared before a judge and jury at her case â declared a mistrial is scheduled to be on March 9.
Below is the lost of exhibits.
Definitely stay tuned.
UPDATE > January 4, 2009
The RIAA confirms it has indeed fired MediaSentry. Click here for more.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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