January 27, 2005

The MPAA Releases Their Dream Tool [3:46 pm]

Go to RespectCopyrights.org, where you can now download Parent FileScan

Parent File Scan software helps consumers check whether their computers have peer-to-peer software and potentially infringing copies of motion pictures and other copyrighted material. Removing such material can help consumers avoid problems frequently caused by peer-to-peer software. The information generated by the software is made available only to the program’s user, and is not shared with or reported to the MPAA or any other body.

Talk about cognitive dissonance. p2pnet reports that mostly it flags all media files as potentially infringing. And after all, aren’t most of the “problems frequently caused by peer-to-peer software” the lawsuits that one faces? Seems like there might be other ways to limit those pesky lawsuits.

Oops - wait a minute — that’s only supposed to be alluded to in the press releases about lawsuits and public “education,” not in writeups about “helpful” software.

Anyway, you might get that if you elected to read the EULA:

IN NO EVENT SHALL THE MPAA, ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, ANY OF ITS MEMBER COMPANIES OR ANY OF THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, INFORMATION PROVIDERS, SUBCONTRACTORS OR LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY “MPAA PARTIES”) BE LIABLE IN CONNECTION WITH THIS WEBSITE OR ANY CONTENT, PRODUCTS, TOOLS OR SOFTWARE MADE AVAILABLE ON ANY WEBSITE TO WHICH THIS WEBSITE IS LINKED FOR (A) ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHER DAMAGES, OR ANY DAMAGES DUE TO LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF USE OR DATA, OR INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS (REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE MPAA OR ITS MEMBER COMPANIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES); OR (B) ANY AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF THE ACTUAL, AGGREGATE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO ACCESS THIS WEBSITE. THE FOREGOING STATES THE ENTIRE LIABILITY OF THE MPAA PARTIES. THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT IS A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF THE BASIS OF EACH PARTY’S BARGAIN HEREUNDER, AND NEITHER PARTY WOULD ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT ABSENT SUCH LIMITATIONS.

Click through to get to DtecNet Software, who tells us:

Thank you for choosing to Download DtecNet Parent File Scan.

Parent File Scan is brought to you by DtecNet Software ApS. This free program allows you to search your computer for installed P2P applications as well as movie and music files. You will then be given the option to remove the identified applications and delete infringing movie and music files in a few easy steps. The program does not distinguish between legal and illegal copies, as it is up to the user to determine, whether the files found by the program have been acquired legally, or whether the material should be deleted. Information generated by the program will be made available only to the program’s user and will not be shared with or reported to DtecNet Software or any other body.

Oh, yes - and it’s only for Windows boxes. The FAQ is quite a read, too.

Q: How do I recover deleted files?

A: You can’t. Once files are deleted, they cannot be recreated.

Q: Is it possible to hide files from the program, by changing their name or extension?

A: No. The program uses advanced binary recognition, locating all known multimedia file types and P2P applications, regardless of their name and extension.

Finally, from the About, a look at DtecNet’s business basis:

Copyright and the Internet. Two concepts, by many considered irreconcilable. How do you protect the free flow of information without breaking the financial backbone of the copyright holders?

All content on the web has an original source and a lot of the content is protected by laws of intellectual property rights or copyright.

Since the birth of the Internet as we know it, the debate has been going on. In just one year DtecNet has gained an advantageous position in the growing market for technical and legal protection of copyright considering content distributed on the World Wide Web. Through development of unique technical innovations and the ability to adapt the different perspectives of the stakeholders, this small Danish start-up has managed to create a way of seeing the possibilities of the web, rather than its limitations.

Really?

Later: Slashdot’s MPAA Releases Software For Parents; also, Ed Felten’s Review of MPAA’s “Parent File Scan” Software; BBC : Movie body targets children’s PCs

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