Pirate Pay is a Microsoft-Backed Russian-Born BitTorrent Killer

By Jon Partridge on at

Promising a future that only Hollywood executives can only dream of, Russian based start-up Pirate Pay is helping to curb stomp piracy with a tag-team helping-hand from Microsoft. The developers have created a system that tracks down copyrighted material, invades a BitTorrent swarm and stops transfers like a boss.

The idea behind the technology came around three years ago when the developers were building a traffic management system for Internet providers -- but it could also be utilised to stop BitTorrent traffic. Receiving a cash injection from Microsoft Russia, the group took on Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures as clients and helped shut down illegal downloads.

Of course if the technology is even more different than past solutions and gains even more traction, the piracy world could be in for a world of hurt. But then, who is there to fight the piracy-fighters? We can only hope it will be one entertaining battle. Bring some popcorn. [TorrentFreak]

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