Is someone seeding KaZaA with junk files?

— 12:10 PM on August 28, 2002

It's no secret that the RIAA, MPAA, and copyright holders aren't happy with file trading networks like KaZaA, but would they go so far as to populate the P2P network with bad files?

In recent weeks, several Reg readers have told us of a growing pattern of 'looped', incomplete MP3 files (posing as full tracks) being offered for download on In other instances, songs are intentionally misnamed.

One reader had to download 63 tracks, and then sort through the salted and mislabelled files in order to successfully download all the songs from an album containing 12 songs.

Even if recent file integrity problems aren't related to some mass conspiracy, just think how easy it would be for the RIAA to set up a few servers full of nothing but garbage MP3s.
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