Dover, MA (PressExposure) February 07, 2009 -- The white paper studies host-, application- and file-level traffic management, and aims to provide an objective, noncommercial assessment of the countermeasures for intellectual property theft and handling of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing from the perspective of a network device vendor with experience in Internet traffic management.
âThere are many, often contradictory statements about feasibility and effectiveness of countermeasures for P2P file sharing. Judgments are often driven by the interests of different groups, such as industry lobbyist and privacy activists, and their recommendations differ widely,â Klaus Mochalski said. âWe tried to give an as objective as possible overview about the existing possibilities with a focus on technical solutions.â
Some of the paperâs findings include:
â¢ Blocking of IP addresses is possible but infringers would have to be detected first. â¢ Blocking of URLs makes sense only as a complementary measure. â¢ Blocking of TCP and UDP ports is an old idea that does not work because many apps do not adhere to standards with regard to port usage. â¢ Injection of counterfeits is not an effective strategy â¢ Fingerprinting systems do not operate in real-time and cannot be deployed on a large scale. â¢ Watermarks can be erased or destroyed when used on a large scale. â¢ Black- and whitelisting cannot be deployed throughout the Internet; however when based on file hashes or other file IDs, blacklisting can severely limit the distribution of copyright-protected content.
What works? Two of the paperâs proposed countermeasures that do promise to be effective and viable include hash-based detection of copyrighted files and the prevention of their transfer in the network; and secondly, active monitoring combined with the prosecution of infringers.
For institutional network operators (e.g. universities, companies), traffic management solutions with whitelisting of desired applications and content is also possible, but this is not an option for national or international deployments.
To download the white paper âCopyright Protection in the Internetâ please visit: [http://www.ipoque.com/resources/white-papers]
About ipoque Founded in Leipzig, Germany, ipoque is the leading European provider of deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions for Internet traffic management and analysis. Designed for Internet service providers, enterprises and educational institutions, ipoque's PRX Traffic Manager allows to effectively monitor, shape and optimize network applications. These include the most critical and hard-to-detect protocols used for peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P), instant messaging (IM), Voice over IP (VoIP), tunneling and media streaming, but also many legacy applications. For further information see http://www.ipoque.com.
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