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Author Kwok, Sai Ho
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Bittorrent ♦ Intellectual property ♦ Peer-to-peer ♦ Digital entertainment ♦ Pirated movies
Abstract Pirated movies are available for sale at low prices in many online stores such as eBay and MovieGoods. But a new way of distributing pirated movies based on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks, in particular BitTorrent (BT), which can cause even greater financial losses to the movie industry, has surged in popularity. The financial losses to the movie industry due to P2P can be more severe and long-lasting because (1) distributing the digital form of pirated movies is much easier; (2) copyright holders or movie publishers can do very little to prevent distribution over P2P networks, and they usually respond passively; and (3) pirated movies exist even before their official release since the Telesync (TS) version of movies shot in the cinema can be easily produced. For the movie industry to come up with an effective anti-piracy strategy to combat BT networks, it is necessary to understand the sharing activity of pirated movies in BT. This article presents data collected from two representative BT discussion groups to explain the file-sharing patterns of pirated movies over BT networks and to analyze their impact on other movies in the same series. "The Lord of The Rings" was chosen for our study. We were amazed at the speed that this unreleased Hollywood movie became available for download in BT. So our study is intended to generate insights as to when BT users began to show interest in the movie, to think about downloading it, to actually download and play the movie, and finally to leave BT undetected. This article concludes with suggestions on the design of an anti-piracy strategy.
Description Affiliation: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Kwok, Sai Ho)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-03-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Computers in Entertainment (CIE) (CIE)
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 2
Page Count 1
Starting Page 11
Ending Page 11


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