How to stop Web piracy?

The proliferation of broadband Internet connections and the availability of new compression software will result in a huge increase in the number of movies being swapped online, according to analysts interviewed by the Newsbytes News Network. Derek Broes, CEO of Vidius, which develops technology aimed at blocking piracy on the Web, told Newsbytes that about 600,000 movies are already being downloaded every day online. Hemanshu Nigam, Internet enforcement chief for the MPAA, said that movie swappers often begin uploading movies on the very day a film opens by taking digital cameras into theaters. “Planet of the Apes opened last weekend,” he said, “and it is now available online. Every major theatrical release can be found online within days of its theatrical opening.” Although 20th Century Fox has begun warning ISPs that it will take action against them unless they shut down sites that carry bootleg copies of the movie, Stephen Townley, a London-based lawyer, told Reuters that the studio is likely to have a tough time. “It’s not so much about the adequacy of the law. It’s a pragmatic issue. It’s about applying the law to a situation where you don’t have one single case of infringement, but millions.”