MPAA Seeding BitTorrent with Fake Files

I guess we’ve always known it, right, at least I remember reading about it before, somewhere, but the website Torrent Freak has a post where they can pretty much pin it down to coming from Media Defender, a company that has been hired by copyright holders to log ip addresses of users downloading files.

The MPAA and other anti-piracy watchdogs try to trap people into downloading fake torrents, so they can collect IP addresses, and send copyright infringement letters to ISPs. They hire a company to put up fake copies of popular movies, music albums, and TV series. They even use pirate like filenames such as ?Battlestar Galactica S03E07 REPACK DSR XviD-ORENJi? and ?Miami Vice[2006]DvDrip[Eng]-aXXo?.

One of the btjunkie admins has found a unique way to identify trackers that host these fake files, which makes it easy to efficiently remove them. Source: MPAA Caught Uploading Fake Torrents

They debate the merits of lawsuits brought by the MPAA for users downloading fake torrent files of copyrighted material, which seems like entrapment to me, but I am for sure no lawyer, I guess we will find out someday.