11/22/2005

Hollywood, BitTorrent Reach Agreement

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 4:11 pm

Hollywood negotiated an agreement Tuesday with the creator of BitTorrent software, popular for downloading pirated movies over the Internet, in a deal aimed at reducing illegal traffic in online films.

The agreement requires 30-year-old software designer Bram Cohen to prevent his Web site, bittorrent.com, from locating pirated versions of popular movies, effectively frustrating people who search for illegal copies of films, according to executives familiar with the deal.

These people spoke only on condition of anonymity because details of the agreement between the major studios and Cohen were being announced later Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The agreement with Cohen would not prevent determined Internet users from finding movies or other materials using tools or Web sites other than Cohen’s, but it removes one of the most convenient methods people have used.

Source: AP

 

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