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Friday, February 11, 2005

LokiTorrent Shutdown By MPAA

One of the only BitTorrent hubs willing to battle the major movie studios has been shut down by Hollywood.

A notice from the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has gone up on LokiTorrent, saying a court order has grounded the site. "You can click but you can't hide," the notice reads. "There are websites that provide legal downloads. This is not one of them." The site's operator gave into the MPAA despite vowing to fight the studios with other people's money.

"The operator of that site, Edward Webber, agreed to not only pay a substantial settlement with even greater financial penalties for any further such actions, but by Court Order must provide the MPAA with access to and copies of all logs and server data related to his illegal BitTorrent activities, which will provide a roadmap to others who have used LokiTorrent to engage in illegal activities," the MPAA said in a statement.

LokiTorrent had been one of the only major BitTorrent hubs to stay up and running after the MPAA sent out a flood of lawsuits. The hubs serve as meeting grounds for file-traders looking to pick up software, music, movies and other content.

LokiTorrent had raised more than $40,000 from its fan base to help its legal battle against the MPAA. It's unclear if that money went straight to the MPAA. LokiTorrent has not responded to a request for comment.

The Loki shutdown comes as the MPAA filed a second round of lawsuits against BitTorrent and eDonkey site operators. Netcraft earlier today reported that LokiTorrent went offline - apparently just before the MPAA took it over.

Source: The Register

Microsoft and Pfizer Go After Viagra Spammers

As many as one in every four spam e-mails advertises Viagra, said drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and software giant Microsoft Corp. who have teamed up to fight the slew of spam e-mails hawking Viagra that invade consumers' computers.

On Thursday, the firms said they have filed 17 lawsuits against defendants involved in the sale and distribution of the erectile dysfunction drug.

Consumers often mistakenly think the e-mails are sent by Pfizer and that the drugs they order through these online pharmacies are legitimate, said Beth Levine, Pfizer's general counsel for US pharmaceuticals.

Pfizer alleges that once consumers' on-line orders are received on computers in New York, they are sent to a call centre headquartered in Canada, then on to India for processing.

The orders are filled with illegal, unregulated and unapproved products, which are then shipped from India to the US by an air freight company.

Pfizer also says that the Internet pharmacy is selling knock-off Viagra in quantities of 20 to 90 tablets at prices ranging between $159 and $389. The drug typically sells for about $7.50 a pill."

As the maker of Viagra . . . Pfizer is committed to protecting the public from health and other risks associated with the illegal sale of fake and unapproved generic products claiming to be Viagra," said Pfizer executive vice-president and general counsel Jeff Kindler.

Microsoft, meanwhile, said hundreds of millions of e-mails offering the drug have been sent in the past year to people on the Microsoft e-mail system, Hotmail.

Source: EarthTimes