Finland Or The FBI?

Video Game Law Blog

April 18, 2005

When the law stops working, it's time to create a dummy hash file.

Finnish Company Viralg Oy claims to have engineered digital rights protection software that generates such a file, which can then be inserted into a P2P network to trick downloaders into accepting garbage data instead of the copyrighted content they so greedily desire. As this garbage data spreads across the P2P network, less original content is distributed and more finished downloads are corrupted, making the file sharing process nigh-impossible. Whether Viralg's creation will significantly prevent piracy – or merely cause a short-lived annoyance to the grog-drinking yar-shouting masses – remains to be seen.

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