Monitoring File Sharing Downloads

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 6, 2003

Copyright and piracy issues associated with file sharing are the subject of news articles, lawsuits and web forum discussion groups. Add another element to this mix: a company whose business is to monitor file sharing traffic from popular applications such as Kazaa and Morpheus. The company is called BigChampagne, and it tracks 25 million searches each day, conducted by an estimated 20 million individuals, noting downloads from specific artists and by individual song track. Despite their public battle against P2P music users, the music industry is very interested in monitoring the choices of this huge file sharing community.

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