Anti-Piracy Spy Uploaded Illegal Content To UsenetAdded: Thursday, October 21st, 2010
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The legal battle continues between FTD (Usenet community) and BREIN (Dutch anti-piracy outfit). FTD claims that BREIN had at least fifteen undercover investigators operating at FTD, camouflaging as ordinary users. Moreover, one of those users, who is supposedly a direct BREIN employee, even uploaded an illegal film to Usenet, posting its whereabouts on the website.
A few days ago Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN started its face-off with FTD in the court related to their copyright dispute. BREIN claims that FTD allows its users to illegally download various types of content, and even facilitates uploading. BREIN made such a conclusion on the basis of so called “spots” – the reports published by FTD users, indicating the places where content may be found on Usenet. Those spots, BREIN believes, were made by people who actually uploaded that content to Usenet, not innocent users that accidentally saw it there.
In its turn, FTD argued that it is a community for spotters, permitted to download legally under the national law and therefore should be able to legally point out the location of content on Usenet.
Although FTD earlier insisted that its users don’t upload content to Usenet, it now has some doubts about this assumption, because there seems to be some piracy originating from some special guests in its community, who appeared to work for (surprise) BREIN!
It was found out that the Dutch anti-piracy outfit had fifteen undercover investigators working anonymously inside FTD as any ordinary members. In his turn, BREIN’s boss Tim Kuik admitted those people were on the website, but only for observing the service.
Meanwhile, FTD’s attorney claims those people went a considerable step further. The representatives of the anti-piracy group actually posted a pirated film on Usenet in their effort to “spot” it and claim that such things happen on FTD.
All the dispute is centered around a particular spy operating under the username of NieZoekeNie. He was traced by FTD by IP address, which followed to an IP owned by BREIN.
As per website records, this user “spotted” a film on Usenet and reported it on FTD. At the same time the movie has been uploaded by a user with the very same nickname. BREIN, naturally, refuses to admit such actions of its employees. The court is expected to hand out a decision on the case in November.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
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