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Date:      Tue, 19 Jul 2011 00:05:27 -0500
From:      Ryan Coleman <>
To:        Robert Bonomi <>
Subject:   Re: Tools to find "unlegal" files ( videos , music etc )
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On Jul 18, 2011, at 10:23 PM, Robert Bonomi wrote:

>> Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 23:01:53 -0700
>> From:
>> Subject: Re: Tools to find "unlegal" files ( videos , music etc )
>> Robert Bonomi <> wrote:
>> <snip specific suggestions re awk(1), file(1), find(1), grep(1), =
>> All well and good for locating files of a certain format and/or
>> with particular content, but it doesn't address the question of
>> whether a specific copy is "legal", i.e. did the user who put it
>> there have the legal right to put it there?
> {{ Noting that the troll contributed nothing constructive to the OP's
>   problem, _or_ to dealing with the pseudo-issue he raises. }}
> Obviously the ankle-biter was incapable of reading the ACTUAL REQUEST
> the OP made:
>  "Anyone knows an utility that I could pipe to the "find" command
>   in order to detect video, music, games ... etc  files ?
>   I need a tool that could "inspect" inside files because many users
>   rename those filename to "inoffensive" ones :-)"
> NOTE WELL that the OP was _smart_enough_ -- unlike the prior poster -- =
> ask about something that _can_ be done mechanically.
> Furthermore, it was _explicit_ in the actual suggestion that it only=20=

> produced a list possible 'suspects' -- It did _not_ provide any =
> of status -- 'legal', or otherwise.

Go to hell. He wants to rename the files that are illegal to ones that =
aren't. That's circumventing copyright law and would land him or her in =
jail. This topic, based solely on ethics, should not be discussed as any =
suggestions that this is LEGAL to do supports copyright violations.

I would record those names and DELETE them but only if the TOS supports =
it. If it does not, then you get the DCMA notice and handle it =
accordingly from the copyright holder.


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