Tools to find "unlegal" files ( videos , music etc )

Frank Bonnet f.bonnet at
Tue Jul 19 06:15:55 UTC 2011

Wow wow !!! I did not want to start a flame war with my post ...

Things for me are clear :

In France it's illegal and I have my boss's instruction :

- find and delete the files that's all.

On 07/19/2011 07:49 AM, Robert Bonomi wrote:
>>  From editor at  Tue Jul 19 00:05:30 2011
>> Subject: Re: Tools to find "unlegal" files ( videos , music etc )
>> From: Ryan Coleman<editor at>
>> Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 00:05:27 -0500
>> Cc: freebsd-questions at
>> To: Robert Bonomi<bonomi at>
>> On Jul 18, 2011, at 10:23 PM, Robert Bonomi wrote:
>>>> Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 23:01:53 -0700 From: perryh at
>>>> Subject: Re: Tools to find "unlegal" files ( videos , music etc )
>>>> Robert Bonomi<bonomi at>  wrote:
>>>> <snip specific suggestions re awk(1), file(1), find(1), grep(1), etc.>
>>>> 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 --
>>> to ask about something that _can_ be done mechanically.
>>> Furthermore, it was _explicit_ in the actual suggestion that it only
>>> produced a list possible 'suspects' -- It did _not_ provide any
>>> indication of status -- 'legal', or otherwise.
>> Go to hell.
> I recommend you take your own advice -- then you might have an opportunity
> to learn "what the hell" you're talking about.
>>              He wants to rename the files that are illegal to ones that
>> aren't.
> Have you got *anything* to support that =libelous= accusation?
> While you're at it, I dare you to attempt to explain how 'renaming' a
> file can _possibly_ make it 'legal' if it were not so before the renaming..
> Next, _if_ he was doing that, can you explain _why_ he needed to look 'inside'
> the file for content type?
> He is specifically attempting to find content that has *ALREADY* been
> 'concealed' in 'innocuous' file names.
>>         That's circumventing copyright law and would land him or her in
>> jail.
> THAT statement is 'libel per se', and, as such, actionable defamation.
>>        This topic, based solely on ethics, should not be discussed as any
>> suggestions that this is LEGAL to do supports copyright violations.
> "This topic" -- meaning *YOUR* "false to fact" assumption about the OP
> 'renaming' copyright-infringing files to avoid detection -- exists *ONLY*
> in your depraved imagination.
> Since there is =nothing= in this discussion, up to this point, that touchs
> on the point _at_all_, It is *pure*fiction* to postulate that there have
> been any suggestions that 'this is legal'.
> In point of actual FACT, the OP, a _system_administrator_, is attempting
> to ferret out possible COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS -- of the type you so vehemently
> oppose -- BY HIS USERS.
> Yet, for some reason, you are opposed to those who are offering said admin
>> I would record those names and DELETE them but only if the TOS supports
>> it.
> You *do* realize that doing _that_ would make *you* potentially liable for
> CRIMINAL PROSECUTION for 'intentionally destroying evidence' of a crime,
> don't you?
>>      If it does not, then you get the DCMA notice
> You *REALLY*are an ignoramus, aren't you?
> Did you notice _where_ the OP was posting from?
> Do you have any idea of the geographic limits of the DMCA?
> Did you notice that the OP, a system administrator, has _already_ received
> a legal notice about 'infringing' files on his system?
>>                                                   and handle it
>> accordingly from the copyright holder.
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