Who's More Ethical: TorrentSpy Or The MPAA?

from the just-a-simple-question dept

Wired has an interview with Robert Anderson, the guy who hacked into TorrentSpy's servers and handed over a bunch of internal TorrentSpy info to the MPAA. From the interview, it's quite clear that the MPAA knew that it was getting access to content that had not been legally obtained, but it still pushed Anderson for more such info (including asking him if he could obtain similar info about The Pirate Bay). Yet, because they know how to cover themselves legally, they made Anderson sign a contract saying that all of the info he gave them had been obtained legally. But, still, it's quite clear that the MPAA has no qualms spying on people using questionable means. At the same time, however, we've noted that TorrentSpy is so aghast at the idea of spying on its own users, that it shut off US access to its site to protect its users from court-ordered spying. So, which organization comes across as more ethical here? The MPAA, who's actively trying to get confidential information from various torrent tracker sites? Or TorrentSpy, who's actively trying to protect the privacy of its users? Yet, why is it that people act as if the MPAA has the moral high ground here?

Filed Under: bittorrent, hacking, spying
Companies: mpaa, torrentspy

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    dualboot, 24 Oct 2007 @ 7:38am


    I think the analogy of the burgler being shot is quite a bit off. The burgler is actually IN the house, possibly posing a threat to the people inside if they don't act. TS is not threatening someone's life, and this "spy on the copyright infringers" notion assumes that every single user is infringing! I use file sharing sites to download music from my family's homeland that would not otherwise be available in the US. It is not copyrighted, and so I am not infringing. Heck, the performers ALLOW video and audio taping at their concerts when they tour here. Does this mean that the MPAA has the right to hack the system I use for these downloads and get my information? I think not.

    THIS is where I have the problem with what MPAA is doing... they should have researched which copyrighted material was in violation, and then issued a legal document demanding the info for THOSE items. So, unless copyright laws change, MPAA has a right to SOME of that information, but they need to go about getting it through the legal system in order to avoid violating the rights of the rest of us.

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