Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2007
SafeMedia Corporation, is praising a federal crackdown sweep this week called "Operation D-Elite." Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Eric F. Melgren for the District of Kansas have announced a fifth defendant has pleaded guilty in connection with "Operation D-Elite," the first criminal enforcement action targeting individuals committing copyright infringement on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network using BitTorrent technology.
"This is only the tip of the iceberg," said CEO & President Saftwat Fahmy, founder of SafeMedia Corp., based in Boca Raton, Florida, the developer of Clouseau®, the only technology which prevents P2P copyright infringement.
"Unfortunately, P2P copyright infringement is pervasive. Every day, 420 million searches for pirated materials are conducted in P2P networks. At any given time there are more than nine million users on P2P networks around the world pirating copyrighted material. The best efforts of the FBI can hardly be expected to make a significant difference. The FBI does its best, but only after a crime has taken place. Clouseau prevents the crime from happening in the first place. The FBI can only handle a limited number of incidents. Clouseau prevents them all. And Clouseau is the only technology that does this without violating anyone's privacy," Said Fahmy.
Fahmy added, "It is unfortunate college students face prosecution, but universities should install Clouseau on their campus networks. It does not infringe on the user's privacy, while eradicating illegal P2P networks which make possible the theft of billions of dollars of copyright protected digital properties, such as music, motion pictures, TV programs, electronic games software, Ebooks, etc."
Sam Kuonen, 24, of Columbus, Ga., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas to a two-count felony charge of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and criminal copyright infringement in violation of the Family Entertainment Copyright Act. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release. This case is part of a larger ongoing federal crackdown against the illegal distribution of copyrighted movies, software, games, and music over P2P networks employing the BitTorrent file sharing technology.
"The current technologies being used to determine illegal traffic violate user privacy because those technologies examine the content of the transmission," explained Fahmy. "Clouseau never violates user privacy because its determination is based solely on transmission type and never on examining content. Clouseau technology classifies transmissions by P2P versus non-P2P, and BitTorrent versus non-BitTorrent, and legal BitTorrent versus illegal BitTorrent. After its determinations, Clouseau drops all illegal transmissions, while allowing the passage of all legal BitTorrent and all other legal traffic including HTTP, HTTPS, client/server, email, VoIP, tunneling, and so on."
Fahmy contends that Clouseau will make the Internet available as a safe, viable business model and mass distribution channel for digital music, movies, television and software.
"Clouseau is now being successfully used in Florida, California, Oklahoma and Texas. It fosters a respect for the intellectual property of others while protecting academic freedom and user privacy," said Fahmy. SafeMedia welcomes all inquiries from universities, government, and the recording and motion picture industries.
About SafeMedia Corporation
SafeMedia's technologies provide individual users, businesses, educational institutions, and public/private organizations with an immediate, cost-effective way to totally safeguard their network infrastructure from every risk associated with illegal file sharing of copyrighted content. Their flagship technologies ensure 24/7/365 compliance with all federal and state digital copyright laws and eliminates the risk of legal prosecution. For more about SafeMedia Corp. visit: http://www.SafeMediaCorp.com.
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