Pirate Pay to kill downloads?
A new Russian startup has reportedly built a system to track and shut down copyrighted material distributed via the BitTorrent protocol.
Pirate Pay has received a $100 000 investment from Microsoft's Seed Financing Fund as well, TorrentFreak reported.
The company's first project, in collaboration with Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures, managed to stop tens of thousands of downloads. It's not clear how many downloads were successful, however.
Pirate Pay remains tight-lipped about how the technology works, but it appears that the service floods torrent clients with false information.
"We used a number of servers to make a connection to each and every P2P [peer-to-peer - ed] client that distributed this film. Then Pirate Pay sent specific traffic to confuse these clients about the real IP-addresses of other clients and to make them disconnect from each other," the firm's Andrei Klimenko was quoted as saying.
Studios and publishers looking to make use of the service can expect to pay between $12 000 and $50 000, depending on the project.