Pirate Pay: The Latest Weapon in the War on Piracy
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A seven-person team in Russia is working on a new technology that they hope will stop people from pirating copyrighted works from BitTorrent and the like. According to Pirate Pay, they ran a test run in December of last year and successfully stopped 44,845 copies of the Walt Disney-distributed Russian film Vysotsky. Thanks to God, I’m alive from being pirated. This happened over a 30-day period and it’s unknown how many copies were successfully downloaded. Still, the company considers it a win, with CTO Alex Klimenko claiming the technology has become a hundred times better thanks to what they learned during the test run.
The technology works as such: Pirate Pay uses several servers to connect to each and every P2P client distributing the film. They then send specific traffic which ends up confusing the clients about the IP addresses of other clients, which results in them disconnecting.
Pirate Pay has yet to turn a profit, despite getting $100k from Microsoft. They’re currently charging between $12K-$50K per job, but spending ever more on development at this point.
via The Verge