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University pilot scheme for anti-piracy software.

SafeMedia : 04 October, 2007  (Application Story)
Clouseau 500 deployed as anti-piracy research tool at Florida Atlantic University.
SafeMedia has announced an agreement to use one of its technology business solution products at Florida Atlantic University, a 850-acre Boca Raton university campus that features everything from a modern university including state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, suite-style housing.

"Clouseau 500 will be used as research platform at Florida Atlantic University," said Pasquale Giordano, president/COO, SafeMedia. "Two computer science and engineering professors have agreed to conduct research on the P2P traffic and its impact on the network communication bandwidth," he explained.

The agreement comes at a time when universities, the entertainment industry and Internet service providers are working together to find solutions to eliminate illegal file sharing, eliminate identity theft and reduce a drain on bandwidth, from contaminated Peer-2-Peer network traffic. According to SafeMedia its network appliance Clouseau embedded with P2P Disaggregator (P2PD) technology protects any network from the complicated threats of contaminated P2P networks. The solution never invades user privacy and is effective against encrypted and non encrypted contaminated P2P networks.

A recent MPAA commissioned study found more than $6.5 billion was lost to movie piracy last year, and the Los Angeles Economic Dev Corp (LAEDC) study also found $2 billion was pirated in music. A Washington DC Study by Chief Economist Stephen Siwek reported Wednesday the US economy loses $58 billion and US workers are deprived of nearly 375,000 jobs annually because of global and domestic-based copyright infringement.

"We are also negotiating other trials with commitments from at least one major global ISP and seven other campuses across the country," said Founder & CEO Safwat Fahmy, SafeMedia Corp. "At FAU, the equipment will be installed at a typical gateway of student dormitory. All research activities and equipment will be provided by SafeMedia as a collaborative research between the university and the local industry."

In August this year, a precedent setting Arizona court ruling by Judge Neil V. Wake provided the legal foundation for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to more aggressively stop individuals from distributing unauthorized copyrighted music over Peer-to-Peer networks.

Twelve University of Tulsa students are being sued for illegal downloading, according to an Associated Press report in the Tulsa World, Oct. 1, 2007. There are 12 IP addresses reportedly associated with a dozen students on the TU campus.

"The Arizona landmark case means that anyone who has P2P programs on their computer, which connect to a contaminated P2P network (even without downloading files) is making files available to all other users and they are committing copyright infringement," said SafeMedia's President Giordano.

SafeMedia's Fahmy outlined the dangers and risks of contaminated P2P networks last summer(Tuesday, July 24, 2007) in written testimony before the U.S. Houses of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, at the "Inadvertent Filesharing Over Peer-To-Peer Networks" hearing.

Fahmy focused how P2P networks operate, the features and characteristics of "contaminated" P2P networks. He also explained how SafeMedia's technology was developed to address illegal sharing of copyrighted materials and how it will help to protect consumers, students, businesses and our national security from the serious privacy, identity theft and security risks.

"SafeMedia is the only provider of P2P Disaggregator (P2PD) technology. P2PD is the only technology that completely isolates and stops contaminated P2P networks even if they use encrypted transmissions," said Fahmy.

Recent studies and Congressional hearings have shown that contaminated P2P network users often do not realize they are involuntarily sharing their files with the world. A March 2007 United States Patent & Trademark Office report, which analyzed Kazaa, LimeWire, BearShare, eDonkey, and Morpheus discovered that all five "repeatedly tricked users into uploading infringing files inadvertently."

'Several cases suggest that users commit direct copyright infringement by employing Kazaa (a contaminated P2P program) to make their collections of copyrighted sound recordings available to all other users,' Judge Wake wrote in the Arizona case, naming three others cases as well as Howell's deposition in which he admitted ownership of the software in question.

In another RIAA lawsuit, Elektra v. Santangelo, AOL has been enjoined as a third party defendant and sued for $4 million. The lawsuit against AOL is based on information and belief that, AOL failed to use its controls to prevent illegal downloading (from Contaminated P2P networks) of copyrighted music, even though it had the information, superior knowledge, ability, skill, techniques, tools, power and authority to prevent such downloading.

"We believe universities and campuses across the country are trying to end piracy on campus," said Fahmy. "A university, based on the AOL lawsuit may be found liable for allowing the infringing conduct of staff and/or students where the university has provided access to the equipment used to carry out the infringing conduct and not taken reasonable steps to ensure that their network infrastructure is not used to infringe copyrighted material."

Giordano believes that the P2PD technology embedded in Clouseauâ„¢ is the only cost effective scaleable complete solution that prevents all illegal downloading; encrypted and non-encrypted from contaminated P2P networks.

"Clouseau never invades user privacy and allows legal P2P such as open source bit torrent files and all other Internet traffic to pass unencumbered at network speeds, he explained."

SafeMedia's P2PD technology is embedded in DSL and Cable modems in the home or work environment or as a standalone subnet appliance. The strategy of subnet implementation eliminates any network latency; control darknets between subnets and reduces exposure to backbone failure. "The end result is a safer, faster Internet experience for all users and a network that consumes less bandwidth," explained Giordano.
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