MPAA Accused of Hiring Hacker
May 26, 2006 5:17 AM
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Suit filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California accuses MPAA of hiring less than legal consultants
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), along with the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA),
have stepped up their attacks
against illegal file sharing in the US. One of the web sites being sued by the MPAA, TorrentSpy,
has now filed a countersuit
because it claims the MPAA hired a hacker to spy on the internal operations of the web site. Valence Media, the company that operates TorrentSpy, claims that the MPAA offered a hacker $15,000 to gather information on the company.
The hacker reportedly stole a spreadsheet that contains income and expenses for dates ranging from January to June 2005. The hacker turned over information that shows the relationship that he had between the MPAA after being told to gather incriminating information against Valence Media.
Representatives from the MPAA deny the
accusations pitted against them
by TorrentSpy. The trade group also says this is just a "desperate attempt" at covering the overall idea that the site allegedly facilitates piracy. Some analysts believe if the case does go to court, this example of industrial espionage via paid hacker will be one of the most high-profile tech-related lawsuits in years.
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Snowballs chance in hell.
5/26/2006 4:45:09 PM
Does torrentspy really have the resources to fight the MPAA? Court costs aren't cheap. I could see a rally of support for torrentspy if these allegations are indeed overwhelmingly true, still, it will be far less than needed to offer a serious threat to the MPAA.
I don’t think this is as good of news as we would like to hear/are taking it to be. IMO one of two things will happen: the case gets thrown out- Nothing happened to the MPAA (see Motorola example). Or, the MPAA settles outside of court with torrentspy- Nothing happened to the MPAA. Hopefully the latter wouldn't come true, but they would offer an almost irresistible amount to a company which I can’t imagine is very well off, it would be hard for anyone to pass up.
I seriously doubt the MPAA as an organization is threatened by this discovery. They'll just find another way, probably more sinister, and get their desire in the end.
Even though we would all kill people concerning the MPAA, would we open our wallets to support the site? This, ofcourse, is all assuming that the company is micro in comparison to the funding backing the MPAA
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