It was an inevitable climb down really, but BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has been forced to make fundamental changes to the software he created to get the global movie and music industries off his back. In practice though, it changes nothing.
You see what Cohen has been bullied into doing is altering the torrent search engine technology he introduced in May. Corporate execs tested it out and – shock/horror – discovered copyrighted material amongst the legal downloads.
Rather than face financial oblivion in the US legal system (Who Pays Wins), he has introduced new code into his software which will filter out anything the moguls deem naughty. Why is this so irrelevant? Since the agreement only covers Cohen’s own site. The isohunt.coms, thepiratebay.orgs and torrentreactor.nets of this world are all still free to drive the multinationals crazy.
Naturally enough, the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) describes the castration of Cohen’s site as a major breakthrough, but since it consistently underestimates the Internet community’s ability evolve that is hardly surprising.
"We are glad that Bram Cohen and his company are working with us to limit access to infringing files on the BitTorrent.com Web site" read MPAA CEO and closet 'Visitor' Dan Glickman from a legal statement. "They are leading the way for other companies by their example."