BitTorrent

  • Survey: Dutch Artists Say P2P Doesn't Hurt Them Financially

    You may have heard that the Dutch Government now plans to outlaw music and movie (and whatever else) downloading. That seems pretty prosaic: since when was it legal to infringe on someone’s copyright? Isn’t that the whole point of copyright? No matter, for in the lead up to the Dutch announcement’s announcement a survey was taken. “What about the survey?” you may ask. Read More

  • Canadian Anti-Piracy Brigade White Knights For Non-Pirated Band

    The Internet is a cruel, mysterious mistress. What we have here is the story of a Canadian band called One Soul Thrust, a phony baloney (I refused to believe “bologna” is the proper spelling here; that’s not even how you’d pronounce the town name in Italian…) BitTorrent site, a misguided manager, and a lobbying group that apparently does little to no research. The… Read More

  • Australian Horror Film To Be Distributed Via BitTorrent For Free

    The upcoming horror film The Tunnel first gained Internet fame—is there any other kind?—about a year ago when its producers attempted to fund its creation by selling individual frames to fans. The money was secured, the movie was made, and now it’s time to distribute the film. And guess how the producers are going to distribute it? That’s right: with BitTorrent. Oh… Read More

  • Lawsuits Target 6500 People Who Downloaded The Expendables Via BitTorrent

    How embarrassing it must be for the 6500 people who’ve been sued for having illegally downloaded The Expendables. At least get caught downloading with merit, not that silly bit of nonsense. But yes, word on the street is that the same law firm (the “US Copyright Group”) that spearheaded the effort against people who illegally downloaded The Hurt Locker have now been retained… Read More

  • Music Piracy May Be Going Away But It's Not Dead Yet

    A recent study suggests that the music industry has done such a good job pushing people toward legal services (iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, etc.) that online music piracy has all but disappeared. While it’s probably true that the proliferation of legal alternatives has made illegal methods less attractive—why run the risk of contracting malware trying to download the new Sei A album from… Read More

  • Adult Movie Industry Follows RIAA's Footsteps, Sees Lawsuits As New Revenue Source

    It used to be that when you thought of BitTorrent-related lawsuits you’d think of the RIAA, or maybe the MPAA. It may be time to update that line of thinking. TorrentFreak notes that we’re now approaching 100,000 copyright infringement lawsuits filed here in the US of A in the past 12 months alone. The thing is, it turns out that pornography studios are now where the RIAA was… Read More

  • Google Begins Soft Censorship Of Arbitrary Piracy-Related Queries

    The efforts of media companies to quash online piracy are a bit like someone trying to put out a forest fire with a wet noodle. The latest pathetic flail comes in the form of coercing Google into censoring its results for some search terms. A number of words will no longer be autocompleted or trigger an instant search, among them the interesting and perfectly legal “bittorrent.” Read More

  • BitTorrent Hits 100M Active Monthly Users, 400K Client Downloads Per Day

    BitTorrent seems to be growing like a weed – the company just announced that it’s hit 100 million monthly users of its software, the BitTorrent Mainline client and µTorrent. That’s up from 80 million monthly users most recently. The company also revealed that it has over 20 million daily active users, over 400,000 daily client downloads, and uses are checking in to the… Read More

  • What People Searched For On BitTorrent In 2010: Mostly Movies, Porn

    TorrentFreak has released the BitTorrent Zeitgeist 2010, a list of the 100 most searched-for phrases and keywords in 2010 on one of the most popular public BitTorrent indexes, KickassTorrents.com. Movies are super popular of course, with “Inception“ topping the overall ranking. Also in the top 10: “Iron Man 2″, “Avatar”, “Despicable Me” and… Read More

  • Where Does BitTorrent Inc. Go From Here?

    Hmm, BitTorrent… that’s still around? I could have sworn plenty of folks, outside of niche communities, had moved onto other avenue by now. But, whatever. The company is now focused on becoming helpful in the streaming space. That is, it aims to help companies like Justin.tv and Ustream lower their monthly bandwidth bill by providing a P2P method of transferring data Read More

  • Coming Soon: 900GB Torrent Of (Mostly) Every Geocities Web Site Ever

    “[W]ebsites and hosting services should not be ‘fads’ any more than forests and cities should be fads – they represent countless hours of writing, of editing, of thinking, of creating. They represent their time, and they represent the thoughts and dreams of people now much older, or gone completely. There’s history here. Real, honest, true history.” And thus… Read More

  • Thousands Of File Sharers' Details Leaked Online: Music, Movies & Pr0n Sharers Beware!

    Do you subscribe to Sky Broadband in the UK? Have you ever torrented pr0n? Terrible news! The names of many thousands of you—5,000 at last count—have been leaked onto the Internet. It’s pretty much the most egregious leak of this sort that I can ever remember, because now the whole world will know you downloaded Hot Chicks Doing Stuff Vols. 1-9! Read More

  • Will TorrentReactor Make Good On Its Promise Of Buying A Small Russian Town?

    Here’s an odd one. Popular BitTorrent site TorrentReactor has announced that it has “bought” a small Russian town, Gar, for just under $150,000, and that the town will rename itself in honor of the site. Sounds like a bunch of nonsense, right? It kind of is, but then it kinda of isn’t, too. Oh dear. Read More

  • Twitter Now Even More Torrent-Friendly

    The sharing and tracking of torrents through Twitter just got a little easier with today’s release of BitTorrent’s Torrent Tweet, an app that you can add to torrent client uTorrent in order to organize the discussions surrounding individual torrents on Twitter. Through Torrent Tweet, tweets are published with an automatically generated hashtag unique to each torrent file, like… Read More

  • StarCraft II Pirates Stung By Malware

    Nefarious pirates looking to, um, pirate StarCraft II are running into a bit of a problem: one of the more popular torrents that purports to be the game is actually nothing more than a conduit for a nasty bit of malware. I know $60 for a PC game may seem a little expensive to many of you, but would you rather pay the money (and earn Light Side points) or try to pirate it (and earn Dark… Read More

  • The Yesmen Fix the World special peer-to-peer edition contains footage you're not meant to see

    I’d describe The Yes Men as a less annoying Improv Everywhere. There’s also a larger, more important point to their antics. They released a movie a few months ago called “The Yes Men Fix the World,” but DVD distribution can take you but so far in 2010. Solution? Release the movie (courtesy of Vodo) 100 percent legally via BitTorrent. I’m downloading now~! Read More

  • Hurt Locker BitTorrent lawsuits continue, but with restraints

    More news on the story that has captured America’s undivided attention. No, not the World Cup, which has captured my undivided attention, but the Hurt Locker BitTorrent lawsuits. When we last left you the Electronic Frontier Foundation was preparing to argue in front of a Federal judge that, in effect, the lawsuits were bunk. That didn’t exactly go as planned, but it’s not… Read More

  • Hurt Locker copyright owners not trying to stop the sharing

    While the producers of Hurt Locker have been quick to sue anyone they can find that’s downloaded the film, they’re not following the typical pattern of movie producers. Typically, after the producers start suing everyone they can find that downloaded the movie, they send out cease and desist orders. Not in this case. Read More

  • The Swedish Pirate Party moves The Pirate Bay to parliament

    Interesting developments coming out of Sweden vis-à-vis The Pirate Bay, a site that I’m shocked is still around. Do you know anybody who still uses it? I sure don’t. The Swedish Pirate Party—inspiration to pirate parties all over the world, including the USA Pirate Party—has decided to take advantage of an obscure clause in the Swedish constitution to defend the… Read More

  • EFF trying to get Hurt Locker BitTorrent lawsuits thrown out

    First, TorrentFreak rules. Second, TorrentFreak rules. Third… Well, you know what third is! The guys over there point out that the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sorta like the ACLU for tech, will appear in federal court this week, trying to stop all those Hurt Locker BitTorrent lawsuits. The main reason is that the U.S. Copyright Group, which is just a fancy-sounding name for an… Read More