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Going After the Piracy Distribution Channel

May 18, 2009

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The TorrentFreak blog reported that the Dutch anti-piracy foundation BREIN has closed down several NBZ index sites (for example, http://bni-online.nl/). NBZ sites provide search and content index capabilities to allow sharing of content and obviously well used for searching on pirated software. These sites provide links to NZB files which are XML-based files for retrieving posts from NNTP (Usenet) servers.

Like P2P, Usenet provider networks have become increasingly popular for sharing binary files and pirated software. Unlike P2P protocol, individuals who are downloading content using Usenet networks are harder to identify. Taking these sites down may have some short term impact, but as we have seen with P2P and other piracy portals, the site owners demonstrate their ineradicability by creating new index sites. In addition, secure FTP sites and Rapidshare “cyberlocker” services will ensure the availability of pirated software no matter how the links are shared.

- Vic

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.