Now this is clever: Google engineer and iPhone hacker Allen Porter is working on an open Bittorrent tracker that is entirely based on the Google App Engine, meaning the whole thing will run on a Google server. Google recently opened a preview of its App Engine, provising developers with "up to 500MB of disk storage, 10GB incoming bandwidth per day, 10GB outgoing bandwidth per day, 200 million megacycles of CPU per day and 2,000 emails per day" for free.

The only problem: The App Engine's Terms of Use make you adhere to the DMCA, specifically provide a way to react to take-down requests. From the Terms of Use:

"You agree to set up a process to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA notices"). It is Google’s policy to respond to DMCA notices or other applicable copyright laws and to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers. We reserve the right to take down content in your Application or, if necessary, the Application itself upon receipt of a valid DMCA notice."

Now torrent trackers obviously don't host any material, and they don't even host the torrent files associated with specific downloads, so it's debatable whether take-down notices really make any sense at all, but I could see this become a major headache sooner than later.

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