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Fwd: Canadian Firm Uses Pig Latin to Fool Napster Block

This is brilliant.


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From: [email protected] (glen mccready)
To: [email protected]
Subject: Canadian Firm Uses Pig Latin to Fool Napster Block 
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 13:04:14 -0800

Forwarded-by: Nev Dull <[email protected]>


 Monday March 12 10:10 AM ET
 Canadian Firm Uses Pig Latin to Fool Napster Block 

 TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian company has introduced software
 intended to help millions of frustrated Napster (news - web sites) users
 to continue downloading free music, the National Post reported on

 PulseNewMedia, a company affiliated with the University of Toronto, is
 using pig Latin to disguise Napster file names that are to be blocked this

 Once installed, the software alters the names of MP3 files, moving the
 first letter to the end of the word. The band Metallica (news - web
 sites), for instance, would become ettalicam.

 Napster, which has about 60 million users worldwide, has already
 begun filtering song titles in order to block access.

 Under a court injunction issued on March 5, Napster is required to bar
 the transfer of songs specified within three days of notification by the
 copyright holders.

 PulseNewMedia says they have already had more than 20,000
 downloads of their program, the Post reported.

 The software mirrors a program released March 4 by U.S. company
 Aimster, whose software lets users trade files by piggybacking on instant
 message networks.

 Aimster Chief Executive Officer Johnny Deep said last week that
 changing file names with encryption makes it illegal to systematically
 remove the altered files.

 Deep said Napster might be able to remove encrypted file names one
 by one, but it couldn't "reverse engineer" the Pig Encoder to remove all
 songs that had been encrypted -- even though the encryption is so
 simple that anyone can deduce the real title of an encrypted file name.

 The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (news - web sites) outlaws the
 reverse engineering of encryption schemes, Deep said. Encryption is
 defined as "the scrambling and descrambling of information using
 mathematical formulas or algorithms." 

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