Pirate Pay is a Russian startup that is helping the entertainment industry curb illegal BitTorrent downloads. Pirate Pay is working with Microsoft to track and shut down distribution of copyrighted files being shared on BitTorrent. As part of their first project, they worked with Disney and Sony Pictures.
Pirate Pay started about three years ago when the founders were building a traffic management solution for Internet providers. They were able to stop BitTorrent traffic if needed, which made them realize what other powers their technology had.
?After creating the prototype, we realized we could more generally prevent files from being downloaded, which meant that the program had great promise in combating the spread of pirated content,? stated Pirate Pay CEO Andrei Klimenko.
Last year Pirate Pay received a $100,000 investment from the Microsoft Seed Financing Fund. Microsoft Russia’s president praised the idea as well. The way their technology works is by flooding clients with fake data.
?We used a number of servers to make a connection to each and every P2P client that distributed this film. Then Pirate Pay sent specific traffic to confuse these clients about the real IP-addresses of other clients and to make them disconnect from each other,? added Andrei Klimenko. About 44,854 transfers were stopped.
Pirate Pay charges between $12,000 and $50,000 depending on the scope of the project. Pirate Pay competes directly with a company called MediaDefender (now rebranded as Peer Media).