BayTSP chases BitTorrent 1st seeds.

By Jon Newton 1/14/05

Favoured RIAA and MPAA scalp-hunter BayTSP says its new FirstSource can identify the first users to upload ‘protected’ content to the eDonkey and BitTorrent p2p networks.

“Identifying the first individuals who upload illegal content allows companies to track all subsequent users who download and share a particular file,” says the company.

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BayTSP boss Mark Ishikawa says FirstSource looks for the first of “a client's” uploads to eDonkey and BitTorrent. When it spots a file name matching the content, it starts a download to confirm that the file is what it appears to be, says the Hollywood hacker.

“Once the content is validated, the system captures the IP (Internet Protocol) address and identifying information of other users downloading and sharing the pirated material. The system also logs which portions of the file that each user shares. This [sic] data is stored in an infringement database as evidence in the event the client decides to pursue litigation against the file sharers.

“Clients can monitor the system via a Web-based interface and have the option of automatically or manually issuing Digital Millennium Copyright Act-compliant take down notices, even while the downloads are still in progress.”

First to Admit

The software is already being used by software companies and the MPAA, Slyck's Michael Ingram quotes BayTSP spokesman Jim Graham as saying.

"This is primarily targeted at movies and software."

He says BayTSP, "is the first to admit you can't see the entire eDonkey network or spot every seed the minute it's uploaded. Basically we're saying we can spot the first handful of sharers. Particularly with large files you can spot the first person with 100% and then track everyone who's increasing their percentage."

Ingram asked if FirstSource could identify the origin of every new file.

"It's a relatively new system," Graham answered, going on: "I'm not sure how many titles it's been tested against, so I really can't give you an accurate number ... I think over a period of a few months I could give you an accurate percentage."

Original BitTorrent seeders, "have always known their vulnerability, which was illustrated by a recent study into the BitTorrent system," says Ingram, adding:

"However, never before have they been such a high profile target."


Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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