MediaSentry was a United States company that provided services to the music recording, motion picture, television, and software industries for locating and identifying IP addresses that are engaged in the use of online networks to share material in a manner said organizations claim is in violation of copyright. Their most notable customers were several trade associations including the Motion Picture Association of America and International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

IndustryNetwork monitoring for copyright enforcement
SuccessorPeer Media Technologies
ParentSafeNet (2005-2009)
Artistdirect (2009-)

The company provided several services for this purpose, such as monitoring popular forums for copyright infringement, aid in litigation, early leak detection, and the distribution of decoy files.[1] MediaSentry also monitored auction sites such as eBay for unauthorized distribution of software and other property.


On 13 June 2005 MediaSentry was acquired by SafeNet.[2] SafeNet sold the MediaSentry division to Artistdirect in April 2009.[3]

In late 2007 the University of Oregon, represented by Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers, refused to provide information on its students to the RIAA, questioning the tactics used by MediaSentry in one of its investigations.[4] The next year Central Michigan University accused MediaSentry of violating its students' privacy[5] after the company ignored a ruling that it was illegally operating without a private investigator's license.[6]

In January 2009 the RIAA canceled their usage of MediaSentry for undisclosed reasons.[7]

In August 2009, ARTISTdirect restructured MediaDefender and MediaSentry, creating Peer Media Technologies.

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  1. ^ MediaSentry Services Archived 2006-10-16 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ SafeNet secures MediaSentry deal
  3. ^ "ARTISTdirect Announces Acquisition of MediaSentry". Global Newswire. April 2, 2009. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009.
  4. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 31, 2007). "In the Fight Over Piracy, a Rare Stand for Privacy". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Central Michigan University files music industry gripe". Saginaw News. August 8, 2008.
  6. ^ "Business as usual as MediaSentry ignores Michigan complaints".
  7. ^ Mcbride, Sarah (January 4, 2009). "Changing Tack, RIAA Ditches MediaSentry". The Wall Street Journal.

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