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MPAA Software For Parents
New lawsuits, new software
by Karl Bode 10:36AM Thursday Jan 27 2005
The MPAA filed a new round of lawsuits yesterday against broadband film file traders. They also released new software for parents dubbed Parent File Scan, that allows them to scan a kid's PC to see if it contains pirated motion pictures - though apparently it's as accurate as a drunken archer. The software does not monitor or block software - simply offers to delete pirated content, and according to the MPAA, does not report any data back to the MPAA. Correction: The app simply identifies all media content, some p2p apps, and some assorted files it shouldn't (like application sounds), urging parents to "make appropriate decisions" about what should be deleted (ergo it's even less useful then we originally surmised).

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Re: Nice tool for parents to keep eye on kids

That isn't what their web site says. It looks for specific movie files


maybe by size and signatures

Absolutely not.

There is no way to know what a movie is based on size. Depending on the application used to convert it, the format of the converted video, the audio and video compression rates used, the resolutions and countless other variables, one movie could be ripped to a thousand different file sizes.

To do it based on a signature, the software would have to generate a hash from every video on your computer. Generating a hash of a 500mb or 1.2gb file would peg your computer out at full CPU usage for awhile. Multiply this by every video file found. Also, this signature would be different for every file size (for which there could be thousands, as mentioned in the above paragraph).

Finally, there is absolutely no way for the MPAA to know that a movie on your machine has been illegally acquired.

Why anyone would trust the MPAA is beyond me. Hell, our strapped public schools are wasting class time and resources indoctrinating children with the MPAA/RIAA supplied materials. At this rate, we're going to have an entire generation of kids who think it's immoral and unethical to make a backup copy of their videogames or lend a copy of their favorite book to a friend to read.