16 June 2008

Challenges and Directions for Monitoring P2P File Sharing Networks –or– Why My Printer Received a DMCA Takedown Notice

This is brilliant:

Q: The title of your paper indicates that you received DMCA complaints for a printer, but printers can't even run P2P software. How is that possible?
Surprisingly, it is possible. We have received DMCA complaints for several printers and even a wireless access point! (Please note that these are printers directly connected to the Internet and have their own IP addresses.) This is possible because some monitoring agencies don't verify that a user reported to be sharing a file actually is sharing that file. This allows a malicious person to frame any device connected to the Internet: whether a printer, a wireless access point, or an innocent user's computer.

I wonder how long it's going to be before some clever people figure out the RIAA, MPAA, MediaSentry, MediaDefender, etc. IP address blocks and "frames" all of them for illegal file sharing?

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