Revealed: How RIAA tracks downloaders

For example, the industry disclosed its use of a library of digital fingerprints, called “hashes,” that it said can uniquely identify MP3 music files that had been traded on the Napster service as far back as May 2000. Examining hashes is commonly used by the FBI and other computer investigators in hacker cases.

You cannot bypass people’s constitutional rights to privacy, due process and anonymous association to identify an alleged infringer.
—Daniel N. Ballard, lawyer for accused file sharer

By comparing the fingerprints of music files on a person’s computer against its library, the RIAA believes it can determine in some cases whether someone recorded a song from a legally purchased CD or downloaded it from someone else over the Internet.

As I have said before, I will gladly pay $.99 for a good song and download it from Apple’s iTunes music store. Downloading music and other files from peer to peer is often a pain in the ass proposition. But like most others, I refuse to pay $20 for a cd full of bad music with one song I want to hear on it.The RIAA should be looking how to use new technology to give people what they want, look at people’s habits and understand why they are doing it. Instead they sit in the corner and cry like little girls.

~ by kinshay on 2003-08-29.

 
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