Many copyright holders believe that if they’re able to communicate with pirates, a proportion will change their behavior. The tone of the messaging varies but legal consequences are typically found somewhere in the mix.
When attempting to reach alleged BitTorrent pirates at scale, the immediate problem is accurate identification. While IP addresses can lead to an infringer or at least the person who pays the internet bill, it’s an expensive process when there’s no intention to sue while recovering costs.
BREIN Hatches a Plan
In late 2020, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN believed it had found a solution. The plan was to monitor BitTorrent swarms, identify IP addresses sharing content most frequently or long-term, and then match them to local ISPs. After receiving warning notices from BREIN targeting those IP addresses, all the ISPs had to do was match them to the relevant customers and forward BREIN’s notices.
BREIN’s plan didn’t require knowledge of the alleged…