The article roams around some of the obvious copyright issues and MPAA lawyer concerns as you might imagine, but the sting in the tail is the quote from Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford University Law School and expert in intellectual property and internet law:
But in the end, the content industries may find the BitTorrent search engine too useful to mess with. “The copyright owners can now identify the most-trafficked materials that are infringing their copyrights and go after them in a more efficient way,” says Lemley. “It’s kind of ironic.”
The other irony is that the search engine will be advertising-supported, so the very people that normally pay for production of TV shows will perhaps be supporting the search engine for pirated versions. Looks like Mark Pesce’s prediction is getting closer – after all, why not pay extra advertising dollars to get your hyperdistributed version of the show (with your logo in the corner) ranked at No. 1 on the search results?