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MPAA tool will finger stolen films

Music as well, it appears
Thu Nov 18 2004, 12:09
THE MOTION Picture Association of America is to offer a tool to help users locate illegally downloaded files on their system, the organisation said today.

The software will be able to scan the system and find all sorts of music and movie titles stored on a computer, along with illegal peer-to-peer software, according to a report in PCWorld.

Once found, the programme can remove the files if the user would like. The tool is aimed at parents who want to keep their kids out of trouble, since the MPAA concurrently launched a new wave of lawsuits against movie sharers.

Quite how the programme will distinguish between illegal and legal MP3s is unclear at the moment. Plenty of legal MP3 download sites are around that simply download the file to your hard drive much as with peer-to-peer schemes. It is also clear that peer-to-peer can be used to download legal material, so the deleting of these programmes by this tool is pretty questionable.

The MPAA has set up a new website to spread its message, which you can find at respectcopyright.org . Apparently, though, you're only entitled to respect copyright if you have Macromedia Flash. µ

 

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