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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

The NYT has a gushing article about the Prof who's patented automated P2P spoofing. I've tried to point out that 'security' business models essentially parasitic; they never have an incentive to stop the thing the buyer wants them to stop fully, because they put themselves out of work. It's much better to not have to rely on 'security' and provide your own - by fixing the economics of your business model.

That said, there's a lot not to like about this - a Prof trying to cash in on P2P spoofing is just lame, lame, lame. Here's some choice bits from the patent itself:

"...A primary object of the instant invention is to make search engines built into media brokering systems such as, without limitation, Napster and Gnutella ineffective, thus rendering them decidedly unuseable...Another object of the instant invention is to provide an automated process for systematically sharing decoy files which resemble proprietary media.

...The invention is best appreciated when viewed as five basic interrelated processing components; system initialization 3.03, scanning for media 3.05, manufacturing decoy media 3.18, sharing media 3.38, and checking system protection levels 3.50".

Hmmm. Despite their best efforts in the NYT to pitch this as something more than automated spoofing, it's basically just exactly that. The real spoof is, apparently on the PTO and the NYT - who don't seem to have a clue.

-- umair // 10:22 AM // 0 comments


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