2004

Des Moines Register
December 17, 2004
BayTSP helps halt Internet’s pirates
Caught downloading an illegal copy of the movie “Alien vs. Predator” last month? Chances are good you were caught by BayTSP.

Des Moines Register
December 16, 2004
Fund to bring tech businesses to Iowa
A California-based venture capital fund has reached an agreement with the state to bring five new companies to Iowa over the next five years and create at least 300 jobs that pay an average of $50,000 annually.

Federal Trade Commission
December 15, 2004
Workshop on Peer-to-Peer File Trading
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa participates in a panel “P2P and How It Works”, detailing the scope and breadth of Internet piracy, particularly on peer-to-peer networks.

Variety
December 14, 2004
MPAA serves notice; Org to crack down on technology aiding piracy
The MPAA revealed plans Tuesday to crack down on servers around the world that help make movie piracy possible – while taking pains to project a pro-technology image.

CNET News.com
December 14, 2004
MPAA targets core BitTorrent, eDonkey users
The Motion Picture Association of America launched a new legal campaign Tuesday targeting the BitTorrent and eDonkey file-swapping networks, two technologies widely used to trade movies online.

Syfy Portal
December 14, 2004
NBC Universal Going After Internet Pirates
The battle between the Colonials and the Cylons might have been epic in the “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries last year, but the new battle between the series’ producers and American fans might trump it.

The Hollywood Reporter
December 14, 2004
Hollywood fights illegal downloads by targeting servers
LOS ANGELES – Hollywood’s major studios intend to escalate their battle against illegal movie downloading by targeting the popular BitTorrent network and those who operate its servers, the movie industry’s lobbying arm is set to announce.

Variety
December 13, 2004
Antipiracy effort pins tail on eDonkey – Possible civil action against users running indexing servers
HOLLYWOOD — The MPAA is cracking down on two of the biggest peer-to-peer networks used for movie piracy. Trade org is expected to announce today it’s working with law enforcement authorities in the U.S. and Europe to arrest individuals and groups who run indexing servers for eDonkey and BitTorrent.

Associated Press
December 10, 2004
‘BitTorrent’ Gives Hollywood a Headache
LOS ANGELES — Bram Cohen didn’t set out to upset Hollywood movie studios. But his innovative online file-sharing software, BitTorrent, has grown into a piracy problem the film industry is struggling to handle.

Silicon Valley Watcher
December 10, 2004
Cybercops: Software industry takes p2p pirates more seriously
The media has gone wild with stories about internet copyright infringements for years now. Illegal file sharing of music and video files on peer-to-peer networks kept reporters (including me, I admit) busy writing thousands of stories on this issue as well as on how the entertainment industry has been blaming the p2p revolution for their gigantic downturn.

Wall Street Journal
December 9, 2004
Digits – ‘Hot’ Downloads
Did downloading illegal music land you a virus? For thousands of Americans, the solution is heading back to the Internet for another illegal downloading spree — this time, trawling for Symantec Corp.’s Norton AntiVirus 2005. According to BayTSP , that $64.99 program was the No. 1 illegally downloaded software package during November, with more than 40,000 separate copies available on file-sharing networks.

DMAsia.com
December 8, 2004
Alien vs. Predator, Fahrenheit 9/11 top pirate movie downloads for November
The film Alien vs. Predator was the top pirated movie on peer-to-peer networks in November, with 34,733 copies available for download, according to security firm BayTSP, which tracks the film and software titles that are most commonly downloaded. Possibly due to election interest, Fahrenheit 9/11 placed second for the month, with 33,582 copies.

Digital Media Wire
December 8, 2004
BayTSP – top pirated films on P2P
BayTSP, a service that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic on behalf of entertainment industry clients, announced on Wednesday that “Alien vs. Predator” was the top pirated film in November, based on the number of unique copies available for download on the FastTrack (Kazaa) and eDonkey file-sharing networks.

Consumer Electronics Daily
December 2, 2004
Private Cyber Cops Nabbing Copyright Pirates
Illegal file sharers aren’t caught by accident. They’re usually collared by one of 2 secretive companies that specialize in identifying, tracking and shutting down content pirates with the help of ISPs. BayTSP and MediaSentry are the vanguard in the investigation and enforcement of online copyrights, counting among their clients the world’s largest entertainment and software companies, and business is booming.

The California Aggie
November 18, 2004
Motion Picture Association sues movie downloaders
The Motion Picture Association of America filed an undisclosed number of lawsuits Tuesday throughout the country against individuals it believes illegally downloaded films online from filesharing programs such as Kazaa and BitTorrent.

Bestfares.com
November 11, 2004
Send Postcards By Mail Directly From Your Camera Phone
PictureTrail, a photo sharing website, has launched mobile2postcard, a service that allows subscribers to send picture postcards to the United States via regular mail, directly from their camera phones. This is the first time this service, which is popular in Europe, is being offered in the United States.

Inside Digital Media
November 10, 2004
Interview with BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa
Editor Phil Leigh interviews BayTSP Mark Ishikawa and discusses BayTSP, online piracy and what companies can do to protect themselves from it.

Reuters
November 8, 2004
Pirated U2 Album Hits Net
Pirated versions of U2’s new album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” have emerged on Internet file-sharing networks two weeks before it goes on sale, throwing into question its official release date.

NBC Nightly News
November 6, 2004
Pirates of the Internet
NBC Nightly News used BayTSP statistics to highlight the widespread piracy of Hollywood movies on peer-to-peer networks.

Engadget
November 6, 2004
Cellphone pictures into postcards
For a small fee, PictureTrail’s new service, mobile2postcard, takes a picture you snapped with your cellphone, lets you personalize a message, then sends it off as a postcard to whomever you choose in the US.

Billboard Magazine/Reuters
November 6, 2004
P2P Use Increases as Students Return to Campus
America’s students are back to school, but it seems they have yet to learn their lesson about file sharing. Despite the efforts of digital music services, record company litigation, “spoofing” technology and legitimate offerings at various universities, illegal file sharing on peer-to-peer networks has risen since college students returned to their high-speed Internet connections this fall.

The Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2004
Threatening Lawsuits, Hollywood Launches War on Online Piracy
Lawsuits against individual music pirates have done little to stop music fans stealing songs over the Internet. But as the movie industry begins a legal campaign of its own to snuff out online film-swapping before it becomes rampant, it may have better luck.

New York Times
November 5, 2004
Movie Industry Preparing Suits on File Sharing
Hoping to head off the kind of rampant online piracy that has plagued the record industry, Hollywood’s major movie studios said yesterday that they would begin filing lawsuits this month against people who make copyrighted films available for downloading over the Internet.

San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2004
Studios to sue pirates: Film industry fights illegal file sharing
It’s high noon for Internet movie pirates. Hollywood studios plan to file hundreds of lawsuits this month against people who illegally share movies online, industry representatives said Thursday.

New Scientist
November 4, 2004
Hollywood to sue internet file sharers
Hollywood’s biggest movie studios are to sue people who share films through internet file-sharing networks. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced on Thursday that it will sue unnamed individuals for up to $30,000 each in damages, starting from 16 November.

CNET News.com
November 4, 2004
Hollywood lawsuits to strike Net pirates
Hollywood studios are about to take the long-anticipated step of firing a barrage of lawsuits at some of the most prolific Internet pirates, an effort that mirrors the legal strategy that the recording industry already has used with limited success.

picturephoning
October 28, 2004
PICTURETRAIL ANNOUNCES APPLICATION TO SEND TRADITIONAL POSTCARDS FROM JAVA-ENABLED CAMERA PHONES
In a US debut of what has already become popular in Europe Picture Trail announces a new app, mobile2postcard.com , that allows subscribers to send picture postcards via regular mail to friends, family and business contacts directly from their Java-enabled camera.

Wireless Week CTIA Show Daily
October 25, 2004
Transforming Pictures Into Postcards
Wireless application developer PictureTrail this week is debuting a new service, mobile2postcard, that allows subscribers to send picture postcards based upon photos taken by their digital camera phones via regular mail.

Wired Gaming World
October 25, 2004
PictureTrail Announces Mobile-to-Postcard for Java
PictureTrail, a popular photo sharing website and wireless application developer, today announced the availability of mobile2postcard.

mobile2postcard
October 25, 2004
PictureTrail Announces “Mobile-to-Postcard” Application for Java-Enabled Camera Phones
Santa Clara, October 25, 2004 – PictureTrail, a popular photo sharing website and wireless application developer, today announced the availability of mobile2postcard, a service that allows subscribers to send picture postcards via regular mail to friends, family and business contacts directly from their Java-enabled camera phones.

CHQR News Radio
October 25, 2004
eDonkey overtakes Kazaa in file sharing
CHQR news reporter Wayne Nelson does a live interview with BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa on the significance of BayTSP’s report that eDonkey has surpassed Kazaa as the most popular file sharing system.

Associated Press
October 21, 2004
Online tracking firm reports Kazaa losing users
LOS ANGELES — Kazaa’s long-standing position as the most popular online file-sharing software appears to be over. Last month, the daily average of file-swappers on the FastTrack peer-to-peer network, which includes Kazaa and related programs, was surpassed for the first time by users on the eDonkey/Overnet network, according to online tracking firm BayTSP Inc.

Newsfactor Network
October 21, 2004
eDonkey Kicks Kazaa Out of No. 1 Spot
Kazaa, which has long been targeted by the music industry as the most popular software for peer-to-peer music sharing, was edged out by rival eDonkey in September. BayTSP, which tracks online file-sharing, also reports that sharing of movie files is becoming more popular.

MIT Technology Review
October 19, 2004
Digital Movie Forecast: BitTorrential Downpour
It’s been pretty busy on the digital music front of late, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear a case that might have forced Internet Service Providers to expose the identities of people sued by the recording industry. Most of these lawsuits are now filed against “John Doe.” The decision was a big blow to the Recording Industry Association of America, the industry’s lobbying group. The RIAA downplayed the news, however, saying that the court’s decision “will not deter our ongoing anti-piracy efforts. The John Doe litigation process we have successfully utilized this year continues to be an effective legal tool.”

The Hollywood Reporter
October 14, 2004
Panel: P2P can be good for biz
The power of peer-to-peer technology can be harnessed for the good of the entertainment industry, a panel of experts concluded Wednesday.

Entertainment Technology Summit
October 13, 2004
The Future of Film and Television Distribution
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa will participate in a panel “The Future of Film and Television Distribution” as part of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center conference on future trends in entertainment technology.

Digital Media Wire
October 12, 2004
Report: File-Swappers on eDonkey Outnumbered Kazaa Users in September
Los Gatos, Calif. – For the first time, users of the Kazaa file-sharing application were outnumbered in September by users of the rival eDonkey service, which can more easily handle larger files like video, according to a report from Los Gatos, Calif.-based BayTSP, a peer-to-peer tracking firm.

Article Central
October 12, 2004
EDonkey Overtakes Kazaa
Kazaa’s popularity has diminished since it was the most popular platform for peer-to-peer file trading, according to recent reports from monitoring firm BayTSP, which place rival eDonkey atop the list of most frequently used peer-to-peer applications last month.

CNET News.com
October 11, 2004
Kazaa loses P2P crown
Kazaa, once the top Net nemesis of record companies and movie studios, appears to have lost its role as the world’s most popular file-swapping software, network watchers said Monday.

Digital Music News
October 6, 2004
P2P Watch: The Digital Hollywood Roundtable
Will P2P ever see the light of day as a legitimate, mainstream avenue for record industry profit? Some poo-poo the idea, noting that file-swapping is not necessarily a better alternative to offering legal song downloads from a secure server. Others see a thriving digital music marketplace succeeding, with consumers most interested in the viral and community aspects presented by P2P networks.

News and Observer
September 30, 2004
Now playing, free
The comedy “Napoleon Dynamite” is still playing in movie theaters, but David Merrifield recently watched it on a 17-inch computer screen in his dorm room with a couple of buddies. The N.C. State University freshman downloaded the movie from the Internet even though he knew he was violating federal copyright law. “I don’t personally agree with it,” Merrifield said.

Good Morning Silicon Valley
September 30, 2004
Well, it’s a good idea if you’re an RIAA attorney, anyway
Is suing your customers a good idea? The recording industry seems to think so, but Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says it’s sorely mistaken. Writing in Law.com, von Lohman explains that despite what the industry’s oft-cited win-loss percentages might suggest, its unprecedented legal campaign against music lovers is largely a failure.

Law.com
September 29, 2004
Is Suing Your Customers a Good Idea?
Four thousand two hundred and eighty lawsuits and counting. That’s how many lawsuits have been brought by the major record labels against music fans for using peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software (like Kazaa or Morpheus) to swap music over the Internet.

San Jose Mercury News
September 28, 2004
File-swap software gets a speedy update – Superfast transfers pose threat to studios
SEATTLE – A radical new technology threatens to do to Hollywood what Napster did to the music industry. It’s called BitTorrent and is much faster than other file-swapping software used to exchange movies and music over the Internet. In fact, BitTorrent can transfer a feature-length film in about two hours – a fraction of the 12 hours it typically takes with file-sharing services like Kazaa. What’s more, the speed of the download actually increases with the number of people sharing a particular file.

Digital Hollywood
September 29, 2004
Digital Hollywood Fall Conference
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa is a panelist at the conference’s “Next Generation P2P – DRM, Paid for Pass-Along and Other Legal Distributed Computing Models and the Entertainment Industries” discussion, debating what role peer-to-peer technology will have in legal distribution of digital entertainment content.

Billboard Magazine
September 20, 2004
Dance Music Summit
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa is a panelist at the conference’s “Download This: The Future of Digital Distribution” discussion, debating file sharing, new business models in the era of peer-to-peer networks and the fate of current music subscription services.

Forrester Research
September 15, 2004
Monitoring Services Protect Brands and Digital Assets (report)
The Internet gives brands global reach. At the same time, it enables misuse of brand assets on a global scale by angry consumers, opportunistic partners and unscrupulous criminals. But it has also led to the development of tools that allow marketers, channel managers and legal executives to monitor incidents in real time – and even turn them into new revenue opportunities.

Der Spiegel
September 10, 2004
Der Jger der Internet-Piraten
Der kalifornische Ex-Hacker Mark Ishikawa jagt mit seiner Firma BayTSP Medien-Piraten im Internet – angesichts nach wie vor florierender P2P-Brsen ist das ein Boom-Geschft. Seine Arbeit sieht er als Schadensbegrenzung, die das Problem nicht lst, seine wachsende Firma aber gut ernhrt.

Digital Music News
September 10, 2004
P2P Watch: FastTrack Usage Increases, New Spoofing Patterns Emerge
Usage of leading P2P network FastTrack edged up slightly in August, despite renewed RIAA enforcement efforts. According to a recent report from network security and tracking firm BayTSP, average daily use of the FastTrack network rose to 2.5 million users, up from 2.4 million in July. Meanwhile, eDonkey held steady, averaging 2.3 million users daily. That creates a tight horse race between the two networks, with eDonkey most recently receiving increased attention from the RIAA.

Washington Post
September 9, 2004
‘F’ Is for File Sharing: Area Colleges Strive to Curtail Illegal Downloads
It’s move-in day for freshmen at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus and the narrow lawn outside Denton Hall is strewn with piles of suitcases, bedding and Dell computer boxes. If recent history is any guide, the smiling teens wandering amid the makeshift encampments are primed to join the next generation of hard-core music pirates who’ll raid Internet file-swapping networks for hundreds of thousands of illegally copied songs over the next four years.

DMEurope
August 17, 2004
Fahrenheit, Garfield enter top ten downloaded films for July
For July, there were seven new films on the Top 10 list of illicitly downloaded films, including “Kill Bill Vol. 2”, “Garfield”, “Spiderman 2”, “King Arthur”, “Fahrenheit 9/11”, “Shrek 2” and “Around the World in 80 Days,” – all of which are still in theatres in most parts of the world.

Digital Music News
August 17, 2004
P2P Watch: Kazaa Continues to Lose Competitive Edge
P2P market leader Kazaa and its FastTrack network continue to show declines, steadily losing traction to competitors like eDonkey. Average daily usage of the FastTrack network dipped to 2.4 million users in July, down from 2.7m in June. That data was supplied by digital tracking and protection firm BayTSP, which also reported a surge in the number of spoofed files on the network.

Billboard Magazine (cover story)
July 31, 2004
P2P Users Get More Elusive
A complex cat-and-mouse game is emerging between the Recording Industry Assn. of America and users of file-sharing services it seeks to squash. Kazaa, whose users have been the main target of the RIAA’s legal initiative, is showing chinks in its armor, with usage dropping off recently.

GameSpot On the Spot
July 29, 2004
Maxgames coverage
GameSpot’s Web-streamed news show On the Spot airs a segment on the Tech Museum of Innovations Maxgames videogame tournament.

San Jose Mercury News
July 19, 2004
Tech museum hosts video-game tourney
The Maxgames, a fundraising video-game tournament with some of the finals played on the giant IMAX movie screen at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, takes places Friday, with pre-registration online.

Billboard Magazine
July 17, 2004
Studios Load Guns Vs. Piracy
Studios are breaking out new weapons in their battle against DVD piracy as increasing broadband penetration and DVD recorder sales threaten to aid and abet illegal copying.

BBC
July 17,2004
Gibson sues over Passion profits
Mel Gibson’s film distribution company is suing a second US cinema chain in a dispute over revenues for The Passion of the Christ.

DMEurope
July 16, 2004
Spoof files on Fast Track up; Day After Tomorrow #1 movie download
Interdiction companies increased pressure on the Fast Track network (used by Kazaa), in June, flooding it with more spoofed files, according to digital security firm BayTSP.

Digital Lifestyles
July 14, 2004
CacheLogic Survey: P2P Accounts for 10 Petabytes of Data
CacheLogic, the P2P technology company has conducted a survey of global internet traffic using network monitoring tools to find out more about the size of the file sharing community. In June, an average of 8 million P2P users were online at any one moment, with 1 petabyte of data available to share.

CNET News.com
July 13, 2004
Survey: Movie-swapping up; Kazaa down
Online movie trading is skyrocketing, but onetime leader Kazaa is tumbling in use, according to a new worldwide survey of file-swapping traffic from network management company CacheLogic.

Digital Music News
July 13, 2004
P2P Watch, Pt. II: FastTrack Continued Focus of Anti-Piracy Efforts
The FastTrack peer-to-peer network and its popular application Kazaa continue to be in the scope of anti-piracy firms. New data from network security and tracking firm BayTSP shows that Kazaa is continuously getting flooded with spoofed files.

Digital Media Wire
July 13, 2004
Report: “Day After Tomorrow” Most-Downloaded Film During June
Los Gatos, Calif. – Fox’s “The Day After Tomorrow” was the most-downloaded film on Internet file-sharing networks during the month of June, followed by “The Passion of the Christ,” “Van Helsing” and “Hellboy,” according to data from Los Gatos, Calif.-based piracy tracker BayTSP.

AM New York
July 9, 2004
10,000 mile mission plans to rock vote coast to coast
The dusty roads of Fort Smith, Arkansas will be a bit more lively this summer when an American flag paints school bus rolls into town, unfurls eagle wings and discharges a small band of New Yorkers hell bent on registering locals to vote.

The Salinas Californian
July 1, 2004
Win a chance to play the biggest screen around
Imagine playing video games on a 60-by-40-foot screen. Master Chief would be twice as big as you and the Koop Troopa’s go-kart would be larger than a Chevrolet Suburban.

CNET News.com
June 30, 2004
Does Kazaa matter?
The owners of the popular Kazaa file-swapping software have withstood assaults from the record industry for years, but now they’re facing a new enemy that may be even harder to fight: competition.

BusinessWeek
June 28, 2004
Up Front: The Stat
The number, in thousands, of copies of The Passion of the Christ available for download in May, the most of any movie. So much for “thou shalt not steal.”: 38

Toronto Star
June 28, 2004
Technology has the edge in war on child porn – Canadian tool against child porn barely used here
It’s not only illegal to distribute and possess child porn in Canada but there are strict penalties if a person is caught just viewing it.

Slashdot
June 23, 2004
Gaming, Red Vs Blue Gets IMAX Treatment
An anonymous reader writes “The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California will host its third annual Maxgames videogame tournament on Friday, July 23. Finalists on several of the games will duke it out for the championship on the museum’s Giant Dome Screen [82 feet in diameter, and covering 12,000 square feet] and its 13,000 watt, 44 speaker sound system.

TeamXbox
June 23, 2004
MaxGames Video Game Tournament Announced
The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is hosting the 3rd Annual MaxGames Video Game Tournament, on Friday, July 23. The tournament starts as a single elimination ladder on 20″ TV monitors, with matches during about 10 minutes each. Finalists on several of the games will duke it out for the championship on the museum’s Giant Dome Screen and its 13,000 watt, 44 speaker sound system.

Game Industry News
June 23, 2004
MAXGAMES TOURNEY TO PLAY ON IMAX
The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California will host its third annual Maxgames videogame tournament on Friday, July 23. Finalists on several of the games will duke it out for the championship on the museum’s Giant Dome Screen and its 13,000 watt, 44 speaker sound system.

Game Cube Advanced
June 23, 2004
Gaming On The BIG Screen – Not just any big screen… an IMAX screen!
Ever dream of playing videogames on a huge screen? Well, here’s your chance. The upcoming Maxgames tournament is going to be displaying games on a 40 foot by 60 foot IMAX Giant Dome Screen. In addition, the game’s audio will be heard via 44 speakers!

Gamespot
June 22, 2004
Maxgames tournament gets IMAX billing – Final games to be played in the IMAX Dome in San Jose; Red vs. Blue creators and Halo 2 trailer to make special appearance
Imagine playing your favorite multiplayer console game with your friends on your tiny kitchen or dorm-room television set. Now imagine playing that game on a giant IMAX screen. On July 23, the Maxgames video game tournament will be bringing that fantasy to life at the Giant Dome Screen in San Jose, California.

SPOnG
June 22, 2004
Videogame Favourites Played out on IMAX Cinema Screen – Maxgames tournament gets giant dome screen
For anyone who’s ever played videogames on a massive telly or projector screen, the sentiment is always the same – bigger is better. That’s why the upcoming Maxgames videogame tournament in San Jose, California, is going to be a genuinely awesome spectacle. The organisers are displaying games on a 40′ by 60′ IMAX Giant Dome Screen, and pumping the in-game audio through 44 speakers.

GCCafe
June 22, 2004
IMAX Games
Ever wondered what playing some of your favorite games would be like in an IMAX theater? Well, if you’re lucky, you might get the chance. The upcoming Maxgames tournament will be held in San Jose, California and they will be played on the big screen and pumping out with 44 speakers.

Toronto Star
June 22, 2004
U.K. tests child-porn blocker – Cleanfeed keeps subscribers out of known Web sites but Canadian Internet providers wary of monitoring role
Canada’s major Internet service providers are prepared to work with law enforcement agencies to help combat online child pornography, but they won’t commit to the large-scale blocking of known child-porn sites.

Santa Cruz Sentinel
June 22, 2004
PR firm to serve area’s tech sector
A new public relations agency serving the technology community has opened in Felton. Jim Graham Public Relations will serve clients in the digital content distribution, networking, e-business and consumer technology sectors. Jim Graham is the firm’s principal.

Planet GameCube
June 21, 2004
Play Videogames on the Big, BIG Screen
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can participate in a game tournament with a rather enormous twist. Normally, we don’t alert our worldwide audience of an event in such a small area of the country, but this one is a little different. The final rounds for many of the games at the tournament will be held on a big screen. A very, very large screen.

1Up
June 21, 2004
Games Take Over San Jose IMAX Theater
Gamers interested in enjoying acute motion sickness may want to check out an upcoming event at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California next month. On July 23, the third Maxgames videogame tournament will take over the Museum’s IMAX theater, displaying tournaments and other gamer entertainment on its “Giant Dome Screen” and 44-speaker sound system.

Observatoire Europeen de l’audiovisuel
June 18, 2004
L’Impact du Piratage Sur L’Industrie Audiovisuelle
A report on the effect of Internet piracy on the French movie industry by the European Audiovisual Observatory. (PDF)

Associated Press
June 15, 2004
Movie industry to air new ads targeting online piracy
LOS ANGELES – The film industry is expanding its awareness campaign against online movie piracy with a nationwide rollout of newspapers and magazine ads, the industry’s trade group said Tuesday.

USA Today
June 15, 2004
Online pirates use submarine tactics
In the face of potential arrests and litigation, Internet movie swappers are getting foxier in outwitting Hollywood. They have begun bypassing popular peer-to-peer (P2P) networks like Kazaa and eDonkey, where their activities can be tracked, to share unauthorized copies of hit films. That is making it harder for the film industry to find them.

DMEurope
June 10, 2004
Spoof files no goof for record industry
Some interesting things have been happening lately with music downloading. Today, the digital tracking and security firm BayTSP released its monthly stats on peer-to-peer music and film downloading and reported that the number of users on the Kazaa network averaged 2.7m in May, down from 2.9m in April.

Digital Media Wire
June 10, 2004
Report: “The Passion” Still Most-Pirated ‘Net Film; Studio Spoofing Increases
“The Passion of the Christ” was the most-downloaded movie on peer-to-peer file-sharing systems for the second month in a row, according to data from Los Gatos, Calif.-based BayTSP, a marketer of anti-piracy solutions that also monitors traffic on file-sharing networks.

Digital Music News
June 10, 2004
Movie Studios Increase Spoof File Levels
Recent data from network security and tracking firm BayTSP shows that movie studios are increasing the amount of spoof files generated for P2P networks. Interdiction companies flooded the FastTrack network with spoofed files in May, with a noticeable increase in the average number of files in each monitored user`s shared folder.

DMEurope
June 10, 2004
Illegal downloads stagnated in May as interdiction firms flood P2P networks with spoof files
Peer-to-peer media downloading networks stagnated or saw a very slight decline in May, according to digital tracking and security firm BayTSP.

E-Commerce Times
June 5, 2004
TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT: Sharing Files: The Untold Story of Software Piracy
When you get down to the basics, using broadband connections in the workplace to download files for personal use does more than steal productivity and cheat employers out of bandwidth costs. Employees generally are not aware of the damage their P2P and instant-messaging use does to their companies.

BayTSP press release
June 4, 2004
BayTSP to Sponsor “Summer Fun at Seca” Road Racing June 11-13 at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca
BayTSP, a Los Gatos firm that provides online intellectual property protection for record labels, movie studios and software companies announced today that it is sponsoring the June “SCCA Summer Fun at Seca”, Oil Recycling Champions Double Regional road races June 11-13 at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.

KLIV
June 1, 2004
Feature story on BayTSP
KLIV reporter Judy Peterson aired a report on BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa and the company’s efforts to identify individuals who illegally share movies, music and software online.

Computer Power User Magazine
May 2004
ModeEleven – Can Screen Savers Get Down To Business?
The last time we heard the terms “screen saver” and “business model” used in the same sentence a company called Berkeley Systems was making a small mint off the After Dark series back in the day. And does anyone recall those winged toasters careening across your dormant Windows 95 screens?

Dallas Morning News
May 28, 2004
Do these folks also shoplift Bibles?
The Dallas Morning News reported in a front-page story last month that Christian teens are pirating Christian music through the Internet at just about the same rates as their less religious peers. So maybe it’s not surprising that the most-swiped movie on major Web servers last month was The Passion of the Christ.

TechNewsWorld
May 27, 2004
Encrypted File Sharing: P2P Fights Back
Masking the user’s IP address is the Holy Grail of file-sharing networks. With a hidden IP address, Web surfers can visit Web sites, post messages and send e-mail without leaving a traditional trail that can link the communication with a particular Internet connection to a computer’s physical location.

Digital Media Europe
May 27, 2004
Illegal film downloads on increase
The average number of movie download files per user and size of files increased last month, according to digital tracking firm BayTSP, following a number of months where the average number of files had been on the decline.

Salon
May 25, 2004
Thou shalt not steal
Christian teens are just as eager to file-swap copyrighted music as any other youngsters. But if the word of God gets spread, would Jesus give a damn?

New Media Age
May 20, 2004
Movie downloaders are sharing less
Movie piracy held steady in April, but the average number of files per user and folder size increased.

NBC11
May 20, 2004
Movie & TV show piracy
KNTV’s TechNow reporter Scott McGrew interviewed BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa on movie piracy and the growing area of TV show file trading.

CNBC Bullseye
May 20, 2004
Television piracy report
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa is interviewed by CNBC Bullseye host Dylan Ratigan on the growing piracy of television shows on peer-to-peer networks.

USA Today
May 20, 2004
Online trading of TV episodes grows
LOS ANGELES — Missed the final episode of Frasier or Friends? Many college kids aren’t waiting for the reruns. They’re downloading the shows instead.

The Guardian Weekly
May 15, 2004
The new digital frontier: download or be damned
The front page of music industry bible Billboard recently declared that the record industry had returned to a two-format business. It clamed tha after nearly 20 bumper years, the reign of the compact disc might be coming to an end, but it had finally found a worthy successor in digital download format files such as MP3s and Windows Media Audio.

Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2004
Digits – Pirating the Passion
“The Passion of the Christ” may be sliding at the box office, but for the second month in a row, it’s still No. 1 with an influential group of movie watchers: pirates. Last month, 36,693 copies of the movie were available online, several thousand more than any other flick, according to downloading tracking company BayTSP.

Reuters
May 12, 2004
Net Pirates Show Passion for Mel Gibson Film
Mel Gibson’s box office smash “The Passion of the Christ” broke the ignominious record as the most-pirated movie on Internet file-sharing networks in April, an online piracy tracking firm said on Wednesday.

Digital Music News
May 11, 2004
Dribs & Drabs
Digital tracking, security, and protection firm BayTSP reports that use of Kazaa and its underlying Fast Track protocol held steady during April, with an average of 2.9 million users daily, following several months of decline. eDonkey, which had been adding users for several months, also held steady during April, with an average of 2.2 million users daily…

Washington Post
May 10, 2004
Fast Forward: Sony’s Online Music Service (transcript)
One news tidbit that just landed in my inbox: According to BayTSP, a company that researches online movie piracy, the number-one pirated flick online in April was “The Passion of the Christ.” Hmmm…..

Die Zeit
April 29, 2004
Im Kampf gegen Raubkopierer locken deutsche Plattenbosse die Hrer mit einem legalen Musikangebot – doch das ist teuer und umstndlich
Die deutsche Musikindustrie macht Schlagzeilen – aber keine guten: Vergangene Woche gab es auf der ganzen Welt wieder Razzien gegen Nutzer von Internet-Musiktauschbrsen. Und schon vor Wochen hatte der deutsche Branchenverband Ifpi Anzeige gegen 68 Privatleute erstattet, die besonders viele Songs im Netz angeboten haben sollen.

Il Sole de 24 Ore
April 29, 2004
Peer-to-peer, una tassa lo legalizzer
La legalizzazione dei sistemi peer to peer, con cui gli utenti Internet si scambiano file di diverso genere, non ultimi i file musicali e audiovisivi, pu oggi sembrare utopistica considerati gli interventi sempre pi aggressivi delle societ che difendono i diritti degli autori, la proposta di direttiva europea e, restando in Italia, l’ormai famoso decreto Urbani che ora arriva all’esame del Senato.

NewsFactor Network
April 27, 2004
Illicit Music Swapping on the Decline?
The Pew survey methodologies are one-dimensional, says Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohen, and thus not adequate to gauge the true nature of online music-downloading activity. “All that survey meant was that people are less willing to admit on the phone to a stranger that they are sharing music online.”

Washington Post
April 22, 2004
Raids Shutter Online Piracy Sites
U.S. and international law enforcement authorities on Wednesday conducted a series of raids against Web site operators suspected of distributing more than $50 million worth of pirated music, movies and software, a move the U.S. Justice Department described as the largest-ever crackdown on online piracy.

CNET News.com
April 19, 2004
Hollywood’s new lesson for campus file swappers
Hollywood is poised to up the ante in its war against file swappers, with new technology that could make it easier to remove suspected pirates from campus networks, CNET News.com has learned.

Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society
April 16, 2004
Speedbumps Conference
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa will be participating in the Berkman Center’s Speedbumps conference, discussing strategies for stemming the free trading of copyrighted material and business models to support a viable commercial marketplace for digital entertainment products.

New Media Age
April 15, 2004
Online movie piracy on the up despite legal action threats
Despite the growing threat of legal action around the world, online movie piracy via peer-to-peer services bounced back in March.

Digital Music News
April 13, 2004
Report: More P2P Users Allow File Uploading; Kazaa Losing Ground to eDonkey
More and more stats are rolling in on recent user behavior on P2P networks, with the latest report coming from digital tracking, security, and protection firm BayTSP. The firm recently shared data showing that a larger amount of P2P users are feeling comfortable uploading files again.

Computerworld
April 4, 2004
BayTSP named to Computerworld Honors Program
BayTSP was named a Laureate in Computerworld’s “A Search for New Heroes” program for its work in protecting artists rights and intellectual property in a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 27, 2004
Few have the expertise to stay secret in cyberspace
Online lawbreakers, beware. It is nearly impossible to remain anonymous on the Internet. Music download scofflaws and child-porn traders alike are learning that the seeming anonymity of the Web is a myth.

Duke University
March 26, 2004
Third Annual Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Symposium
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa is a featured panelist at Duke University’s Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Symposium, discussing the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and what to expect in the coming years as companies grapple with online piracy.

ModeEleven press release
March 15, 2004
ModeEleven Submits Patent Application for Broadcast Screensaver Production Toolkit
NEW YORK – ModeEleven has filed a second patent application relating to the company’s broadcast screensaver system, the company announced today.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 15, 2004
Piracy creates another gauge of popularity
Internet file-sharing isn’t just a way to get free stuff. It’s arguably the best way to find out what’s cool – a barometer measuring the most popular movies and music that people are eager to download but too cheap to buy or rent.

New York Times
March 8, 2004
A Software Program Aimed at Taming File-Sharing
The record industry is hoping that a little magic will solve its problems with online piracy by file sharers. The Recording Industry Association of America has been talking up a company named Audible Magic to lawmakers and regulators in Washington in recent weeks in an attempt to show that file-sharing networks can be tamed.

Loudeye
March 2, 2004
Loudeye Acquires Overpeer and Broadens Scope of Its Business to Business Digital Music and Media Solutions
Loudeye Corp. (Nasdaq: LOUD – News), a worldwide leader in business-to-business digital media solutions, today announced the acquisition of privately held Overpeer, Inc., a leading provider of digital media data mining, anti-piracy and promotional solutions. The acquisition reaffirms Loudeye’s leadership position in the digital media industry and is aimed at converting billions of unmonetized digital media transactions in unauthorized distribution channels into growth and opportunity for digital media companies.

Electronic Frontier Foundation
February 25, 2004
“Let the Music Play” White Paper – Voluntary Collective Licensing of Music File Sharing
The current battles surrounding peer-to-peer file sharing are a losing proposition for everyone. The record labels continue to face lackluster sales, while the tens of millions of American file sharers — American music fans — are made to feel like criminals. Every day the collateral damage mounts — privacy at risk, innovation stymied, economic growth suppressed, and a few unlucky individuals singled out for legal action by the recording industry. And the litigation campaign against music fans has not put a penny into the pockets of artists. We need a better way forward.

News.com
February 24, 2004
Covering tracks: New privacy hope for P2P
Jason Rohrer was battling an insect invasion last year when he hit on an idea that he hopes will help file-swappers hide from the copyright police.

Slyck.com
February 23, 2004
ES5=Fraud?
Earth Station 5, the long questionable “anonymous” P2P network, has frequently been the target of heavy criticism by virtually every segment of the legitimate file-sharing community. Its brazenly anti-copyright stance and horrific public relations policy has made it a bad apple of the P2P community; leading to its virtual excommunication.

Washington Post
February 22, 2004
Techno Rebels in the West Bank? File Swapping Firm Claims Odd Hide-Out
JENIN, West Bank — Somewhere in this beleaguered town, Palestinian computer whizzes from a company called Earth Station V have launched a high-tech assault on the U.S. entertainment industry, with a defiant message for those trying to stop the downloading of music and movies: “Resistance is futile.”

NewsFactor Network
February 18, 2004
RIAA Continues Relentless Legal Campaign
“All that survey meant was that people are less willing to admit on the phone to a stranger that they are sharing music online,” says EFF legal director Cindy Cohen. She was referring to the Pew Internet and American Life Project’s findings that music downloading radically declined following RIAA legal actions.

TTI/Vanguard
February 9-10, 2004
Security & Privacy
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa is a featured panelist at TTI/Vanguard’s Security and Privacy conference, discussing the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and what to expect in the coming years as companies grapple with online piracy.

New York Times
February 8, 2004
The Pornography Industry vs. Digital Pirates
Thousands of Web sites are putting Playboy magazine’s pictures on the Internet – free. And Randy Nicolau, the president of Playboy.com, is loving it. “It’s direct marketing at its finest,” he said.

The State Bar of California
February 2, 2004
Cyberlaw Conference – “Online Piracy”
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa is a featured panelist at the California Bar Association’s Cyberlaw Conference, speaking on peer-to-peer applications and copyright protection on the Internet.

Vanderbilt Hustler
January 30, 2004
Downloading debate looks at both sides
Project Dialogue’s latest discussion panel tackled the issue of music piracy head-on Wednesday after U.S. music industry officials said Monday they were suing 532 more individuals for illegal downloads.

The Tennessean
January 29, 2004
Answers to music download debate not easy, VU forum indicates
Some call it sharing, others call it stealing. Whatever the terminology, the free downloading of copyrighted material from the Internet is a prickly subject. If last night’s panel discussion at Vanderbilt University was any indication, the debate is fraught with passion and short on solutions.

Sundance
January 17, 2004
Digital Copyright Forum
BayTSP CEO Mark Ishikawa is a featured panelist at the Sundance Film Festival’s Digital Forum discussing “how the ever-evolving complex web surrounding copyright in the digital age is impacting the filmmaking world.”

BusinessWeek
January 16, 2004
Did Big Music Really Sink the Pirates?
The Recording Industry Association of America’s lawsuits against online song swappers are aggressive, but do they work? Two widely cited surveys seemed to show that legal action, which began in September, was chilling file-sharing activity. In December, a phone survey by the Pew Internet Project of 1,358 U.S. Net users found music downloading had dropped by half since May. And in November, comScore Media Metrix, monitoring 120,000 U.S. users, saw big yearly declines at four popular file-sharing services — KaZaA, Grokster, BearShare, and WinMX.

National Journal’s Technology Daily
January 15, 2004
Tracking Experts See Flaws In New File-Sharing Surveys
Music industry executives said they are heartened by recent findings that the sharing of digital music on peer-to-peer (P2P) computer networks has dropped dramatically since they began suing consumers suspected of illegally downloading songs, but technology companies that track downloads said P2P file trading has not slowed.

TechTV’s TechLive
January 14, 2004
‘Screener’ Scandal
For weeks, Hollywood has been dealing with the sticky situation over “screeners,” the new movies sent to Oscar judges. Now the industry’s worst nightmare has come true: those screeners are popping up on the Web.

Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2004
Second Oscar ‘Screener’ Finds Its Way Onto Internet
A copy of “The Last Samurai” has surfaced online, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the day after it announced it was investigating the appearance on the Internet of the comedy “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Washington Post
January 14, 2004
The Good, the Bad and the Pirated
Hollywood is quickly becoming the latest battleground in the digital piracy wars, and studio chiefs probably feel they have the right to shout “I told you so!” on news that two screener versions of recently released films are being traded online.

California Lawyer
January issue
Rocked & Rolled – The Music Labels Are All Shook Up by Online File Sharing. Is It Too Late for Them to Adapt?
A year ago my wife visited our local Wherehouse store in San Clemente. It was closed, and soon after the chain filed for Chapter 11. Total industry music sales are down from $40 billion in 2000 to $30 billion in 2002. In part that is because huge amounts of music are available for free on the Internet. Why pay for something that you can get for free?

Billboard
January 10, 2004
Piracy’s Next Victim: Video Biz
LOS ANGELES – Arnold Schwarzenegger had an especially noteworthy November. Not only was the actor-turned-politician inaugurated as governor of California, but his latest film, “Terminator 3—Rise of the Machines” (Warner Bros.), was the most prevalent movie on the Internet. More than 62,827 copies were available for downloading, according to BayTSP, a firm that monitors file sharing. Unfortunately, all of those copies were unauthorized, and many preceded the title’s Nov. 11 home video release.

Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2004
Secret Movie Moguls – In a highly elite realm of the Internet, ego-driven pirates race to be the first to post films illegally. Profit is not the object
Nearly halfway around the world from Hollywood, a 17-year-old high-school student is trying to make a name for himself as a film distributor. Unlike the moguls in Tinseltown, though, he and his colleagues in a group called MysticVCD don’t cut deals, take meetings or campaign for Oscars.

MSNBC
January 4, 2004
Big drop seen in music downloads – 50 percent drop in file-sharing, survey shows
In just seven months, the number of Internet users in the United States who download music has been sliced in half, according to new research. The dwindling numbers appear to reflect a profound impact from the recording industry’s high-profile campaign to sue downloaders for illegal file-swapping.