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06/11/2002 04:28 AM ID: 22371 Permalink   

Is The Music Industry Planting Bogus MP3s into P2P Networks?


Salon investigates the allegation that the music industry is creating bogus mp3s which use popularly searched song titles but contain annoying ads or repeated sound loops. This practice is called "spoofing" and has been around since P2P began.

The RIAA apparently condones this. Its President states it "is completely lawful ... I think it would be crazy if record labels, or motion picture studios or any other owners of content didn't take advantage of those kinds of measures."

Before "spoofing" was blamed on people who hate certain artists like Eminem and want to anger fans who want freebies. The LA Times claims that Interscope has engaged in this practice. However, it seems impossible to determine who "spoofs".

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They just make people hate them even more if they do that.

If you do a search for a popular song and you see ten or so sources for one of the hits (in kazaa light for example), it probably isn't spoofed. Also pay attention to the file sizes/lengths listed in the results. Even though they've probably tried to match these attributes with the real thing, they might have gotten careless. If you download a spoofed song anyway, you can still play the part you've already downloaded even while the download is in progress (if it's not it, cancel it). I also recommend that you don't share your main download folder. That way you can do a quality check before others can access something you downloaded, and it will reduce the number of "bad" files on the network.
  by: qr7z   06/11/2002 07:14 AM     
  yes, interesting  
I can see the RIAA forcing the P2P clients to evolve, there is a system in place to check that archive files that have been broken up into peices have the correct size and structure that they should (.sfv files I think) perhapse a method like this should be built into the next generation of file trading programs.

all you would need to do is find out what the checksum of the file is that you are after and search the network for that file, I know theres more to it than that but still the potential is there, just needs some good programmers to come up with a way to do it.
  by: sparky_fox   06/11/2002 10:33 AM     
Sure, if I made it I'd want money for it, but the f#$%ing record labels make enough money as it is. The artists have every right to be angry, but not the execs.

Bastards, I hope they all rot in hell.

* Post edited by CC
  by: pacifcace   08/02/2002 03:17 AM     
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