[BitTorrent] Kalifornia Kompliance

John Hoffman theshadow at shambala.net
Thu Sep 23 13:45:50 EDT 2004

In response to the new law in California requiring those sharing video 
and audio data over the internet to disclose their email addresses, I am 
hereby proposing an extension to the BitTorrent protocol to better 
improve compliance with this requirement.

(1) A new message code will be added to the P2P protocol.  The ascii 
code "E" for "email" (69 decimal, 0x45 hexadecimal) will be used.  A 
message with no data appended will be considered a request for the data, 
while a message with additional data appended will be used to transmit 
the email address.

(2) No change will be made to the option bitfield to specify this 
addition; the standard behavior of a client's dropping the connection in 
response to an unsupported message in the P2P protocol is adequate.

(3) The default value for the email address shall be 
"blow.me.ahnold at kalifornia.com".

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