New program fights online movie piracy?

Two computer scientists at Ballarat University, Australia, have written a program that can fight against Internet movie piracy. Student Robert Layton and researcher Prof Paul Watters of the university’s Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) say they have written a program that can track illegal downloads through torrent websites.

The scientists claim through its tagging technique, the program can track the extent of criminal activity and copyright infringement online on networks commonly used by movie pirates. Watters says though many people download illegal material, only about 100 people worldwide upload most of the pirated content.

He added, “We are able to get an idea of what people are downloading through torrent sites, by scraping data from [the sites] about downloads and search terms.”