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University of Birmingham research points to large scale monitoring of BitTorrent as fight steps up against the pirates

Anyone using the file sharing service BitTorrent, is now more than likely being monitored according to the latest research from the University of Birmingham. Be aware notes the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST).

BitTorrent is a decentralised peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol designed for the efficient transfer of large files. It is also used by millions. According to the research a monitoring firm would log an illegal file sharer within a few hours.

“The research found that there are about ten different monitoring firms logging content.  Of these, only a handful were copyright enforcement agencies, security firms or even research labs.  We have a number of folks who engineer digital product who need to understand what’s happening and the scale of it. Illegal downloads matter and hit the business and its desire to re create,” stated Julian Heathcote Hobbins, General Counsel, FAST.

“The greater the clarity there is on what is going on, the more proportionate the educational and enforcement procedures can be made in dealing with this issue. Less of a shot in the dark. P2P enforcement can be a task due to the volumes concerned.  But it has to be done. Illicit file sharers can be made to pay a reasonable licence fee in respect of the software which has been made available contrary to law.  Much is available on a trial basis in any event,” he added.

“It is good for awareness that folks know that people are checking to see what’s going on. It could help some of those engaged in such activity to think twice. Nothing is truly free in life; not even the air we breathe. Intellectual Property must play its part in helping to push our mature economy forward after the boom years,” he concluded.