In its long fight against Internet piracy, the Recording Industry Association of America is gunning for the technology that enables it: BitTorrent.
Brad Buckles, RIAA’s VP for anti-piracy, has told the CEO of BitTorrent he’s “very concerned about the overwhelming use of BitTorrent Inc. developed clients” in pirating his members’ works. BitTorrent software, including the popular uTorrent client, “facilitated approximately 75% of the over 1.6 million torrent based infringement of our members’ works last year in the US,” Buckles wrote in a letter dated July 30.
“Like it or not, BitTorrenting products are the premier products used for peer-to-peer infringement today,” RIAA deputy general counsel Victoria Sheckler told Mashable, which published the letter yesterday. “In private discussions that various people have had with BitTorrent over the last few years, they’ve refused to address the elephant in the room, which is the piracy over the BitTorrent protocol.”
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