Thursday, May 12, 2005

A modest proposal...

MD5 checksums are used by Bittorrent to verify individual "chunks" are good.

It is possible, with work, to generate a second dataset with the same MD5 checksum.

There is currently no way individual citizens can help fight piracy at the torrent level. Just busting trackers as you can doesn't help-the trackers jump around.

Also, it is currently presumed by the RIAA and the courts that anyone whose IP is trading chunks of data is bad, because they can't be helping out.

Proposal: Create torrent-botching software to help individual users fight piracy. The software downloads chunks, generates garbage datasets that check out good, and re-uploads them to botch illegal downloads.

I imagine really dedicated users of this software would show up on the logs of lots of trackers.


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