The Truth Behind File Trading Traps

By JR Raphael
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Ever wonder how the record industry catches all those people trading music? Today, we’re getting some insight.

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says it uses the same exact tools familiar to file sharers to track them down. Specifically, RIAA officials told the Chronicle of Higher Education it watches LimeWire for a list of copyrighted songs. It’s actually hired a full-time company to monitor those titles and look for anyone trading them.

From there, the virtual cops use software to scan through the hosts and find individual IP addresses, then go after the violators. This program is only focused on college-based servers at the moment.