Sound Familiar? iMesh's Filters Have Holes

from the i've-seen-this-movie-before dept

Perhaps (the original) Napster should sue iMesh for copying its own failed attempt to go legit many years ago. After all, the plot is so similar, that there must be some sort of copyright violation in there somewhere… Perhaps they should ask the entertainment industry for some help in digging it out. In March of 2001, the original Napster announced that it was going to start abiding by the recording industry’s rules and would begin filtering out any songs that the RIAA deemed protected. That worked for all of about 3 seconds, until people started renaming songs and doing all sorts of other tricks to fool the filters. So, here we are, four and a half years later, and file sharing platform iMesh is making a bunch of noise for “going legit” and filtering out whatever the industry wants. Except that, once again, it appears the filters don’t work. As with Napster, it’s unlikely that the recording industry will be all that sympathetic to the difficulties iMesh faces in trying to build a working filter.

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