Article: Anti-piracy company tells Congress it can eliminate College P2P

From: Tabish Hasan <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 14:31:47 -0700

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Anti-piracy company tells Congress it can eliminate College P2P


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SafeMedia Corp challenged colleges and universities to work to eliminate
illegal P2P file-sharing of copyrighted material on campus networks in
testimony before the House Committee on Science and Technology
<> .

The House Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing today
called "The Role of Technology in Reducing Illegal File-sharing: A
University Perspective
<> " which
focused on the experiences of universities that have implemented
technological measures to reduce P2P <> sharing
on campus networks.


In his testimony, SafeMedia <> Corporation
CEO and Founder, Safwat Fahmy, challenged colleges and universities to
work to eliminate illegal P2P file-sharing of copyrighted material on
campus networks and then briefed the committee on SafeMedia products
designed to address the illegal sharing of copyrighted materials on
campus P2P networks.


"Some colleges and universities have been reluctant to adopt effective
policies to deal with illegal file-sharing. Some cite student privacy as
a concern for refusing to stop clearly illegal file-sharing, but how
does it protect student privacy to allow P2P file-sharing services to
freely roam students' computer hard drives for folders and documents
without their explicit permission?" asked Fahmy in his testimony to the
committee. "I would ask if there isn't a double standard here. Colleges
and universities are fiercely protective of their own intellectual
property. Why are they so cavalier when it comes to the intellectual
property of others?"


Fahmy then briefed the Committee on SafeMedia's global "P2P
Disaggregator"(P2PD), technology which is designed to destroy
contaminated P2P networks by draining the illegal content of those
networks, and then conveniently offered up Clouseau
<> as a tool for
"immediate implementation" to combat campus piracy. "Universities can
purchase Clouseau for immediate implementation...(it) will detect and
prohibit illegal P2P traffic while allowing the passage of legal P2P
such as BitTorrent. Clouseau is inexpensive. Users simply plug it in the
subnet as a bridge and it goes to work without altering their network




Since 1998, the year that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
was passed to govern online copyright infringement, the music industry
is reported to have sent nearly 60,000 copyright violation notices to
more than 1,000 campuses to date, claiming that some 1.3 billion tracks
are illegally downloaded each year. The movie industry also claims that
they lose some $250 million USD to campus piracy annually.


Campuses generally have two means for dealing with illegal P2P
file-sharing on their networks. A significant majority of campuses
approach the issue by using traffic-shaping systems to control and
modify the rate of file transmissions on their networks. A smaller
number of campuses have deployed network-filtering systems, which seek
to block transmission of copyrighted material by identifying the content
of copyright-infringing files.


Both traffic-shaping and the current network-filtering systems were
unable to capture any of the encrypted illegal P2P-traffic (encryption
is used in 90 percent of all illegal P2P downloads), and as such, the
results were not accurate and were less than marginal. "SafeMedia's
technology P2PD is capable of capturing and stopping all encrypted or
non encrypted illegal P2P transmissions, while allowing all legal
encrypted or non-encrypted P2P transmission," said Fahmy.


"I take very seriously the concern about preserving personal computing
privacy," said Fahmy in a separate interview. "That is why our P2PD
implemented in Clouseau never opens any transmission packets. Rather, we
monitor the ever-changing and adapting myriad of illegal P2P
protocols/networks and continually update our systems to block only
these illegal transmissions."


According to Fahmy, traffic-shaping is not effective in reclaiming
bandwidth, nor does it eliminate, "the outright theft of copyrighted
material via P2P file-sharing on campus networks." Fahmy stresses the
need for campuses to take more drastic measures by implementing
technologies to effectively "stop illegal P2P file-sharing in its
tracks, thereby reclaiming up to two-thirds of campus bandwidth
currently used for illicit purposes."


Now Fahmy claims that Clouseau won't block "legitimate" or "legal P2P"
programs like BitTorrent but, how does it determine this distinction
from a content point of view? How will it know if I downloaded a file
from BitTorrent Inc <> . or Legal Torrents
<> and not the Pirate Bay
<> or TorrentSpy
<> ? Certainly it must if it is
to effectively block the illegal transfer of copyrighted material. Yet,
if it isn't, once again we'll see BitTorrent Inc. and other companies
who use P2P technology to transfer data and content being slowly shut
out of the marketplace as fear of getting sued for copyright
infringement spreads.


Other witnesses who testified today included: Dr. Charles Wight,
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies,
University of Utah; Dr. Adrian Sannier, Vice President and University
Technology Officer, Arizona State University, on leave from Iowa State
University; Mr. Vance Ikezoye, President and CEO of Audible Magic
Corporation; Ms. Cheryl Asper Elzy, Dean of University Libraries,
Illinois State University; Management Team, ISU's Digital Citizen
Project; Dr. Greg Jackson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
University of Chicago.

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