RE: Article: Media Defender Buys

From: Ben Grodsky <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 14:07:52 -0700

Apparently "recently" here means 1998. Randy has owned this domain for almost 10 years, as listed on whois databases online.
I wasn't aware of the article, so thanks for sending this. This "Ernesto" guy is the same one that wrote the original TorrentFreak article about MiiVi. I wonder what the personal vendetta is all about....


From: Tabish Hasan
Sent: Thu 12-Jul-07 14:04
To: Ben Grodsky; Randy Saaf; Jay Mairs; Octavio Herrera
Cc: Ben Ebert
Subject: Article: Media Defender Buys

Are we aware of this article?


Media Defender Buys Preparing for their Next Scam?

Written by Ernesto <> on July 12, 2007

The infamous anti-piracy organization Media Defender recently bought the domain. Currently P2Pnet redirects to Google and at this point it is still unclear what their plans are for the domain. However, it is likely that they will use it for one of their pirate traps such a the fake video download service <> Miivi or the fake BitTorrent trackers <> they run. (not was up for auction at eBay <> earlier this year. Initially it wasn't sold because the original owner wanted a higher price for the domain. It turns out that Media Defender <> was one of the interested parties, and they probably paid thousands of dollars to get the domain in their possession. Because of the huge amount of money that's involved it is not likely that the domain will stay unused for a long time.

Last week we discovered that Media Defender actively tried to lure people <> into downloading blockbuster movies from their fake download site, As expected, only a few hours after we made the news public the site was taken offline.

Media Defender later told Ars Technica <> that Miivi was an internal project to test out an online video project, but we know better. We're convinced that they will try this, or a similar trick again in the near future.

Media Defender is hired by companies like the MPAA, BSA and RIAA to track down people who try to download copyrighted content. They record IP-addresses from BitTorrent trackers and other P2P networks. But they also utilize more proactive methods such as uploading fake .torrent files and setting up fake video download sites.

Luckily most BitTorrent site admins are aware of their shady practices and remove these fake files from their sites before they can do any harm. Pirate Bay admin Brokep offered his help to other BitTorrent admins to help them identifying and removing these fake files, he told TorrentFreak <> :

"Since the Miivi-incident we can't keep quiet about them anymore. We want their employers to stop using them so they go bankrupt"

To our friends at Media Defender from all of us here at TorrentFreak... We're watching you...

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