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Re: BitTorrent - can it be blocked?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the aim of an anonymous network such as
Tor to be able to deny any wrong-doing in a case such as this? After all,
why not prosecute all of the internet backbone router owners for allowing
the data to flow through their network?


PS. blocking BT isn't that easy as the standard ports are being used less
and less (particularly the data ones as some ISPs are apparently throttling
the 6881->6889 range)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Quentin Smith" <quentins@comclub.org>
To: <or-talk@freehaven.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 3:28 AM
Subject: BitTorrent - can it be blocked?

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> Hi-
> I came home today to find a rather unpleasant e-mail sitting in my inbox.
> It was a DMCA Complaint from the MPAA, for "CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, THE". I
> scratched my head for a few minutes, trying to figure out if I had
> downloaded that movie on my server. I was really quite sure that I hadn't
> downloaded it, or any movies at all. I wondered if they might have
> misidentified a legitimate torrent. Then it dawned on me - with the recent
> talk about BitTorrent over tor, it probably was someone using BitTorrent
> over tor.  I've temporarily changed my configuration to ExitPolicy reject
> *:*, until I can figure out a more precise way of blocking BitTorrent.
> I'd very much like to continue running a tor server, but I can't afford to
> do it if I'm going to receive DMCA Takedown notices.
> Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> - --Quentin
> Quentin Smith - http://www.comclub.org/~quentins/about
> ComClub International - http://www.comclub.org/
> quentins@comclub.org
> qesmith@lacademy.edu
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