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Igpay Atinlay (Pig Latin) Encoding May Defeat Napster Filters

Friday, March 9, 2001

By Applelinks Contributing Editor Charles W. Moore

Dick Kelsey of Newsbytes reports that a simple way to circumvent Napster filters intended to block copyrighted songs from being downloaded for free is Pig Latin -- moving the first letter of a word to the end and adding an "ay."

Ergo: "Oday ouyay understandway Igpay Atinlay?" I'm a bit rusty, myself, but it comes back to me after all these years, especially with the help of this very cool Pig Latin instant translator page (works like Altavista's Babelfish).

Kelsey notes that Canada-based Napcameback.com has developed software that enables users to mask and unmask their MP3 files whenever they want, under the Pig Latin-inspired encryption. Users' files are renamed and can be shared with other Napcameback.com users.

He also quotes James Chillcott, CEO of Napcameback.com owner Pulsenewmedia, an organization run independently by graduates and students on the campus of the University of Toronto,, saying: "We're moving to an encryption that is unbreakable that Napster is not going to be able to block."

According to a report by the Financial Post's Robert Thompson, the Napcameback service does not appear to violate any Canadian laws. Thompson quotes Stuart Ash, an Ottawa-based lawyer who specializes in technology and intellectual property law, commenting: "it certainly is one of the more clever uses of pig Latin I've seen."

The Aimster file-sharing service that piggybacks on America Online's Instant Messaging program, has also made up some software that gives users a Pig Latin-style circumvention of Napster filters, Kelsey reports.

For more information, visit:
Napcameback.com is at: http://www.napcameback.com
Aimster is at http://www.aimster.com

For more fun and frolic with Pig Latin:

This English to Pig Latin translation program performs a perfect translation of any English text to Pig Latin. It incorporates the following features and special case functionality:
• Ensures proper capitalization
• Correct upper case and lower case formatting
• Correctly translates "qu" (e.g., ietquay instead of uietqay)
• Differentiates between "Y" as vowel and "Y" as consonant
(e.g. yellow = elloyay and style = ylestay) -- (except for a very few exceptions)
• Correctly translates contractions
• Hyphenated words are treated as two words
• Words may consist of alphabetic characters only (A-Z and a-z)
• All punctuation, numerals, symbols and whitespace are not modified

Bell Labs Text-to-Speech Synthesis: Pig Latin "Translation" page lets you hear Pig latin spoken like a native, er......

Pig Latin Converter will take any web page and convert all the text into Pig Latin. All pictures, links, tags, etc etc should still be there. Note that all the links will go through the converter.. this means that any link you follow off of a converted page will get converted itself (IE: You can view the whole web in pig latin!)! All you have to do is put in the URL of the page you want to see.

This page promises to help you discover Pig-Latin, the impact of Latin with a fraction of the trouble! Yes, Pig-Latin opens up a new world that you never would have thought possible. By using Pig-Latin, you too can fulfill your facinating future functions to the fullest fullness fast. You will be a better person, have a better sex life, and be better than your neighbors.

Or for the more religious-oriented, the Book of Genesis in Pig Latin -- "1:1 In-ay e-thay eginning-bay Od-gay eated-cray e-thay eaven-hay and-ay e-thay earth-ay."

Even better, what claims to be the "first complete translation of the Bible into Pig Latin.":


Charles W. Moore