MPAA's University wiretapping product taken down

The MPAA's "University Toolkit" (a piece of monitoring software that universities are being asked to install on their networks to spy on students' communications) has been taken down, due to copyright violations.

The Toolkit is based on the GPL-licensed Xubuntu operating system (a flavor of Linux). The GPL requires anyone who makes a program based on GPL'ed code has to release the source code for their program and license it under the GPL.

The MPAA refused multiple requests to provide the sources for their spyware, so an Ubuntu developer sent a DMCA notice to the MPAA's ISP and demanded that the material be taken down as infringing.

News source: Boing Boing (Via: Slashdot)
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I hate the MPAA so badly, and i'm not even an American citizen.

So let me get this right.. basically THEY'RE out to catch people breaking the law, but they choose to ignore the law when it suits them to do it?

The MPAA are lowlife, scumbag, pieces of crap. I just can't get enough of stories like this where they end up getting humiliated. *******s.

My side still hurts from laughing so hard.

Odd thing is I actually tested the tools (on a closed network with DHT BT traffic) and it works well. I wish someone would take the code, remove MPAA's "call home" crap, and re-release it.