This is one of those surprising stories where the surprise is more for consumers than for those with anti-piracy roles within the music industry. A team of researchers at the University of Birmingham have identified “massive monitoring” of BitTorrent sites, after running their own fake filesharing server to analyse incoming connections. “Copyright enforcement organisations, security companies and even government research labs” are fingered as the monitors, focusing their efforts on the most popular music and movies. “Almost everyone that shares popular films and music illegally will be connected to by a monitor and will have their IP address logged,” says the team’s Tom Chothia.

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