Fake MPAA-sponsored movie downloads site gets nixed

I've always suspected that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other relevant agencies were making clever moves to trap movie file sharers and downloads, but I was astonished to hear that a download site was shut down late last week, after it became apparent that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was behind it.

According to Betanews and other newswire reports, the site - known as MiiVi - is actually run by MediaDefender, a firm that develops anti- piracy technology.

This suggests that unconfirmed reports that some downloaded movie files contain spyware are correct.

Some sources have suggested that the spyware scans punter's hard drives for copyright content and reports the data back to MediaDefender.

It's impossible to know how many Net pirates the MiiVi portal managed to trap for possible prosecution, but I'll wager the numbers were probably into five figures, based on the volume of pirate movie downloads and file sharing activity I've, er, come across, in my online travels...