“MediaSentry and Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG`s RIAA may soon be going their separate ways, p2pnet understands from confidential sources,” said p2pnet in an exclusive post on Friday, going on:
“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.”
We still haven’t had a response from DtecNet.
Meanwhile, “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 »»»
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.
Now, “The RIAA decided quietly to drop MediaSentry several months ago,” says the WSJ.
The RIAA will be, “rid of a company that became a frequent target of civil-rights advocates and others who complained that the RIAA’s legal tactics were excessive”.
But we can expect to see MediaSentry working for the music and movie industries in a different context.
It’ll be using its failed tracking techniques in such areas, “as measuring the popularity of various online entertainment sites,” says the WSJ, quoting the company’s John Desmond (right).
No mention is made of whether or not BayTSP is still in the picture, says the story, which has RIvTP’s Ray Beckerman saying the decision to drop Media Sentry is a victory for his clients.
MediaSentry has been, “invading the privacy of people,” he says, and, “They’ve been doing very sloppy work”.
He cites MediaSentry’s practice of, “looking for available songs in people’s filesharing folders, uploading them, and using those uploads in court as evidence of copyright violations.”
MediaSentry, “couldn’t prove defendants had shared their files with anyone other than MediaSentry investigators,” Beckerman states in the story.
But the RIAA, “stands by MediaSentry’s techniques, citing University of Washington research released last year that concluded the company’s methodology incorporates ‘best practices’.”
Definitely stay tuned.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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