Torrents

  • Finally, µTorrent releases a Mac version

    Right on time for Thanksgiving day, µTorrent – client of choice for many BitTorrent users – has released a Mac version in beta, after a rudimentary alpha release was leaked a couple of months ago (on a BitTorrent tracker, at that). The lightweight µTorrent client for Windows was first publicly released in September 2005, and was acquired by BitTorrent in 2006, who continued… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay adding SSL encryption in response to Swedish wiretapping law

    You may remember that a couple days ago the Swedish Parliament passed a controversial law allowing warrantless wiretaps and monitoring of internet traffic. While I’m sure this is ostensibly for fighting terrorism or something, it’s too tempting for media companies and telecoms to eavesdrop and listen for the newest Kid Rock album being transferred. In response to this law, the… Read More

  • MPAA to collect $110m from TorrentSpy


    In what can only be termed a crushing defeat, leading torrent site TorrentSpy has been ordered to pay more than $110 million to the MPAA by a US District judge. It’s been a losing battle following TorrentSpy’s decision in March to make a stand by erasing a huge amount of MPAA-requested data they considered private. This isn’t the time for sites like TorrentSpy to win cases… Read More

  • Yarrr: Four 'Pirate Bay' captains in hot water

    About a year ago, I learned that just because you don’t store copyrighted materials on your server, “facilitating the transfer or consumption” of said material is still a no-no. I was considering building a sweet video player web app (using SopCast) that streamed the Sunday NFL games simultaneously next to each other in a clickable grid that would allow someone to watch all… Read More

  • This is how you're being tracked when using BitTorrent

    Watch and learn, people. Obviously there are other ways for this to happen, but this should give you a general overview of how it works. There are some counter measures, but nothing is fool proof. Tread lightly is what comes to mind when doing anything that’s deemed to be an act of piracy. Video: How People Are Tracked Using BitTorrent [Torrent Freak] Read More

  • Marvel makes like the RIAA, targets torrent sites

    Having apparently learned nothing from the way the music industry handled peer-to-peer trafficking of musical wares, Marvel Comics has decided to go after a couple of torrent sites that specialize in tracking comics. What they plan to achieve by this other than demonizing themselves in the eyes of the consumer is hard to say. I personally have downloaded comics via torrents, and I… Read More

  • Hey, kids! Increase your BitTorrent speed by 500% for $17!

    I’m going to start a site that offers a 1000% increase in Internet speed by suggesting purchasers order a T1 line. Seriously. After all, you can make money by telling fools the obvious and charging them for it. Apparently there’s a site called HighSpeedTorrent that includes testimonials from kids who are able to download porn at blazing speeds after following “exact… Read More

  • Demonoid is dead, reincarnation imminent

    Another tracker bites the dust. This time it’s Demonoid. Demonoid was big, popular, and I’d bet Demonoid’s not going anywhere. The name might change, the server will absolutely change, but, as Wired says, "According to some reports, while the site is gone, the tracker appears to still be functioning and the downloading continues." And so the eternal struggle continues. Read More

  • Yo ho ho snort! Pirate Bay guys resurrecting Oink

    It won’t be private and it won’t have many torrents, but Oink Boink will have the might of TPB behind it, allowing us all to rest easy tonight knowing that you’ll be able to get all your music for free. The best part? The most important thing about BOiNK is perhaps the message it sends out to the IFPI and the BPI: It shows that that if you stop one tracker, others will pop… Read More

  • TorrentSpy Crumbles Under The Pressure, Removes Copyrighted Content


    Free-for-all torrent sites like TorrentSpy are under close watch from the music and movie industry these days and a giant, so to speak, has fallen. TorrentySpy has implemented an automated filtering system, FileRights, that removes links to copyrighted material amidst a court order that was filed last year by a handful of Hollywood Studios, which now requires TorrentSpy to track user activity. Read More

  • Spiderman 3 Available Online: The Snake Eats Itself

    Quick, bittorrenters! To your battle stations! A cam of Spiderman 3 is currently available, recorded in what can only be described as colon-o-vision. Apparently the whole movie is out there, floating on the aether, but the quality is so poor its not even worth downloading. However, if you hate going to the cinema yet still enjoy watching people get up and go to the potty during long movies… Read More