Scholarly paper brings bad news for big media: BitTorrents can’t be hacked.

For years RIAA and MPAA members have hired companies to attack popular BitTorrent swarms in an attempt to interfere with their downloads. According to a recently published paper by New York University researchers, these attacks are highly ineffective. At best, they slow downloads for a few minutes, something most users don’t even notice.

While big media has arguably had some success in making previous p2p networks less effective by flooding them with junk, BitTorrent is proving to be a tougher nut to crack…

Hollywood could, of course, just buy up the patents to BitTorrent technology and offer a legal alternative. But we all know that’ll never happen

Posted via web from Andrew Currie on Posterous


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