Russian Start-Up To Kill Peer-To-Peer Downloads

Russian based “Pirate Pay” could quickly find itself becoming the darling of the entertainment industry after claiming they are able to create a piracy free future.

Pirate Pay developers say they have have built a system that can kill off peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted works via BitTorrent. Initial tests carried out in collaboration with Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures saw Pirate Pay successfully stopping tens of thousands of downloads.

According to Pirate Pay, over 44,845 bittorrent transfers were successfully stopped. However, it isn’t known how many downloads managed to slip through the cracks, or how many downloaders simply tried again later after the Pirate Pay tests had concluded. Pirate Pay charge between $12,000 and $50,000 to protect specific movies.

The secret sauce to achieving this is a technology which allows Pirate Pay to attack existing BitTorrent swarms, effectively rendering file sharing impossible. The idea came about when the team behind Pirate Pay were working on a network traffic management system for Internet providers that was able to stop BitTorrent traffic if needed to free up network capacity.

Pirate Pay remain coy about how their anti-Bittorrent technology works, but early indications are that they are flooding bittorrent clients with fake information, masquerading as legitimate peers, which effectively renders file sharing all but impossible.

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