Creator of world's largest torrent client signs anti-piracy deal with MPAA

A recent negotiation between the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Xunlei - creator of the world's most popular torrent client, with over 140 million users - has led to a significant deal in China aimed at fighting online piracy. 

The new deal will see Xunlei's parent company, China's Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies, actively protecting the MPAA's content against piracy. A new content recognition system will ensure that all creative work owned by the association's members is fully licensed on its Xunlei Kankan video-on-demand service. Kankan's video content is available both on the web and via Xunlei's desktop client.

According to Variety, part of the terms agreed by the MPAA and Xunlei will see the latter "teaching Chinese school students about legal access to content, and the consequences of infringing material."

The MPAA says that the deal is aimed at preventing "mass infringement" of content via Xunlei's services. MPAA senior executive vice president Steven Fabrizio said in a statement: "With the largest number of Internet users in the world, the Chinese market offers tremendous potential for content creators to make their works available online to hundreds of millions of consumers."

Fabrizio added: "The online video sector in China is moving purposefully toward an environment that will help sustain a viable, long-term online video business, ensure the creative work of rights holders is sufficiently protected, and provide audiences with a quality, legitimate viewing experience."

Source: TorrentFreak | Hollywood sign image by Shutterstock

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China anti-piracy used in the same sentence, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. Folks at the MPAA really are gullible. When they shut down the torrent sites there they may make a believer out of me, good luck with that one too. What is next, they are adhering to American copyright law? Another laughingstock, I also have a few patents for sale to the highest bidder, sorry but the bridge in Brooklyn has been sold.

go figure, a company in China signing a deal with a company who represents the interests of other companies who's products are hugely pirated in China.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
LOL Bribery and greed rules!

..and isn't uTorrent the most widely used? I mean, it's right over there --->

Yeah, before reading the article, I thought it was about µtorrent...

PaCpiS said,

Yeah, before reading the article, I thought it was about µtorrent...

µtorrent has already been taken over by MAFIAA shills for a long time now.

dingl_ said,
Former largest Torrent client...
also I've not used it, qBittorrent or Tixati for me

What? This shouldn't have any impact on the userbase at all since torrenting is totally all about downloading Linux ISOs.