The RIAA Recording Industry Association of America used the same file-sharing software that online pirates use, an RIAA representative said during a private demonstration of how it caught alleged music pirates.
The RIAA uses LimeWire.The RIAA has a list of songs owned by the RIAA’s members. Media Sentry, runs copies of the LimeWire program and performs searches for those copyrighted song titles, to see if any are being offered by people whose computers are connected to the LimeWire network. The software lists IP address of active file sharers. The names of the people associated with particular IP addresses are not public, it is easy to find out which IP addresses are registered to each Internet-service provider. Using public databases, Media Sentry then locates the name of the Internet-service provider and determines which traders are located at colleges or universities.
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