Mixed media artist and filmmaker Anders Weberg created a piece of P2P art. The experimental movie “Filter” is about by the emotional rollercoaster he went through when his son almost died.
The Dutch Anti-Piracy organization BREIN has successfully “taken down” 19 filesharing websites. They now reached a total of 103 this year. Among their new trophies are at least two BitTorrent sites; torrentsplanet.com and easytorrent.eu.
Pirates are planning a mass attack on Europe. The Swedish Pirate Party is coordinating a pan-European electoral assault for the 2009 European Elections, says leader Rick Falkvinge.
It turns out that the popular hosting company Dreamhost is shutting down any BitTorrent trackers hosted on its servers. In a letter to a customer, a representative of Dreamhost said “BitTorrent is strictly forbidden, both as a client and as a server right now.”
This weeks most popular BitTorrent movie downloads. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (2) Scary Movie 4 48,837 2 (4) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 47,859 3 (1) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 47,800 4 (5) Beerfest 45,758 5 (8) Final Destination 3 42,985 6 (3) RV 41,713 7 (7) Poseidon […]
Solid State, a digital media delivery company has developed an advanced streaming technology based on the BitTorrent protocol. The company presented their peer-assisted streaming technology at the DEMOfall 2006 conference in San Diego. Technologies like this could save popular streaming websites like YouTube or Google Video a lot of money. It is estimated that YouTube […]
McDonald’s targets Pirates: “until you can illegally download food, this is your best deal… the mcdonalds dollar menu”. McDonald’s targets Pirates: “until you can illegally download food, this is your best deal… the mcdonalds dollar menu”.
What keeps the most popular BitTorrent site on the Internet in the air? In case you ever wondered, here’s the answer.
A Swarm of Angels is a project that aims to create the first community driven film. The Film will be written, funded and distributed over the Internet. The plan is to gather a group of 50.000 people who each contribute Â£25 ($47.5) to join the project. The initiator Matt Hanson is an award-winning filmmaker and […]
The popularity of BitTorrent is growing every day. BitTorrent sites are on the rise, and now four of them hold positions in the top 500 most popular websites on the Internet. Even more are expected to join the club in the near future.
The popular semi-private tracker Demonoid.com announced that it will open its doors during the weekends. Until today Demonoid’s registration was mainly “invite only”.
Zinoku offers an extensive collection of Magazines. The site lists magazines covering all kinds of topics, including Science, Maxim, FHM, PC Magazine, Newsweek, Penthouse and Playboy It’s not really a big surprise, but as expected, the adult themed magazines are the most popular. All magazine downloads are packaged in some kind of a custom magazine […]
Today there are many ways to leave your BitTorrent downloads on without actually having to keep your computer on too.
BitTorrent Inc. is opening it’s online media store within a couple of months. Although they will use DRM (digital rights management) in the early stages, they predict that add supported content will eventually win from DRM, not only in BitTorrent’s store Ashwin Navin, president and co-founder of BitTorrent told IDG News Service: The bottom line […]
The popular Ipod torrent site Podtropolis is back. Podtropolis was forced to close its doors in July 2006, because they were unable to pay the server bills. Podtropolis asked for donations several times, but it was not enough to keep the site in the air. A couple of weeks later Gary Fung, the owner of […]
BitTorrent is teaming up with indie-labels and bands. A short video about Death Cab for Cutie, songs and movies from The Postal Service and The Shins, and more good stuff. Death Cab for Cutie uploaded an exclusive electronic press kit (video) that provides an insightful look into the personalities of the band members and the […]
Episode 6 already of the official TorrentFreak podcast! Enjoy the show and drop a comment. Welcome to TorrentPod, the official podcast of TorrentFreak.com. Join your host Charlie as he delves into this weeks latest news. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a (audio) comment if you have something to say to Charlie, or if you […]
The Swedish Election turned out to be a litlle disappointing for The Pirate Party. However, it was the first time the Ship was in the “open water”, but definitely not the last. This Swedish election has been special in many ways. It was if though the parliamentary parties and the media outlets of Sweden decided […]
This is a nice illustration of what a letter from the RIAA would probably look like if you cut out the legal terms and restrictions.
Azureus added a searchable database of featured content to their website. This new feature is likely to be a part of the shift towards implementing a (commercial) content layer. The featured content page includes several types of free and legal media, ranging from the latest Rocketboom episodes to Rob Costlow’s discography. Unfortunately, the featured content […]
The popular BitTorrent site Snarf-it.org is down at the moment. Apparently some incompetent people at the datacentre messed up the server. At Snarf-it.org we read this funny coverstory: Where is Snarf-It? Your guess is as good as ours, at some point last night our database servers disappeared, and we really mean disappeared. The data centre […]
The much hyped Mac BitTorrent client from my friend David Watanabe is now available for download. We first covered it a week ago when it was announced. Even though it’s still in testing, we’ve decided to do a review of it.
uTorrent’s web-based interface (WebUI) just entered the public BETA stage. The WebUI allows you to monitor your torrents from any pc in the world. With the web-monitor you can remotely start, stop, add, search torrents and more. Here’s a screenshot, more screenshots can be found over here. The WebUI files are here. uTorrent’s web-based interface […]
In November 2004 several respectable sources were reporting that BitTorrent was responsible for 35% of all internet traffic. This impressive statistic inspired pirates, frightened ISP’s, and motivated the MPAA and other anti-piracy organizations to take down BitTorrent trackers.
BitTorrent is a great protocol to distribute large files. One of it’s main advantages is that every downloader starts sharing right away, even without having a full copy of the file.
Check out this weeks most popular BitTorrent movie downloads. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (1) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 49,401 2 (4) Scary Movie 4 48,143 3 (2) RV 48,094 4 (3) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 46,066 5 (6) Beerfest 43,379 6 (8) Monster House 42,218 7 (NEW) […]
The long awaited BitTorrent Video store will be launched by the end of this year. The video store will offer full-length and short movies, TV-shows, concerts, and other media. BitTorrent Inc already signed deals with Warner Bros and other movie distributors including Hart Sharp, Koch, Egami, The Orchard. BitTorrent will also include “foreign” content from […]
Scott McCausland, the man who pleaded guilty in a BitTorrent case this week, now invites everyone who sympathizes with him to write a letter to the judge on his behalf.
As a x-Windows guy and an ardent BitTorrenter I can confidently say that uTorrent is one of the best BitTorrent clients available for Windows 95 through Vista. It’s lean, takes up very little memory and doesn’t need to be installed, you can even run it off a USB pen drive. It also offers all the important features like Selective Downloading, Universal Plug ‘n’ Play Support, Super Seeding Mode and RSS Feeds Subscription. Soon we will also be able to use uTorrent via a web-interface.
Episode 5 of our weekly podcast. Enjoy the show and drop a comment. Welcome to TorrentPod, the official podcast of TorrentFreak.com. Join your host Charlie as he delves into this weeks latest news, and Charlie’s rambles on about Filesharing (part 2). Enjoy, and feel free to leave a (audio) comment if you have something to […]
In general BitTorrent clients are not the most “resource using” applications. But how do they actually affect, and slow down Windows? Thepcspy compared the three most popular BitTorrent clients. And it seems that uTorrent is indeed entitled to be called “the lightweight client”. The mean boot time of Azureus, Bitcomet and uTorrent were compared on […]
eDonkey has finally and unarguably lined up with other former independent commercial p2p companies which are now working with the RIAA. As we write this, “The eDonkey2000 Network is no longer available,” says the site. If you steal music or movies, you are breaking the law. Courts around the world – including the United States […]
Scott McCausland pleaded guilty today to “conspiracy to commit copyright infringement” and “criminal copyright infringement”. McCausland was a avid member of the “private” BitTorrent tracker Elitetorrents, that was taken down by the FBI, May 2005.
Fenopy.com is the leading BitTorrent site when it comes to implementing innovative features. Today Fenopy added a torrent-share feature. It’s an easy way to share torrents on your blog or forum, just copy and paste the link code and you’re done. If you post the piece of code in a blogpost it will automatically generate […]
Xtorrent is a new BitTorrent client for Mac OSX. Unlike other BitTorrent clients, Xtorrent allows you to browse, download and search for torrents without using a web browser. I stumbled upon some prerelease screenshots of Xtorrent over at phillryu. It is unsure if the application will be free, and if not, how much it will […]
The German Pirate Party was founded yesterday in Berlin. The goals of the German Pirate Party are similar to those of their sister parties: decriminalizing filesharing, copyright reform, sensible patents, and privacy protection, to name a few.
qTorrent is a lightweight, but feature rich BitTorrent client for Linux. The latest release includes Audio/Video File previewing. Other features are: UPnP port mapping Peer exchange Prioritization Selective Downloading Search engine Torrent creator Ip Filter qBitTorrent is based on the Libtorrent library and is written in C++. Here is a screenshot. You can download qBitTorrent […]
Finally on time this week. Unfortunately the pirates lost the no1 spot. Check out this weeks most popular BitTorrent movie downloads. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (2) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 49,582 2 (3) RV 48,576 3 (1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 48,551 4 (4) Scary Movie 4 […]
The eMule team has released a new version of eMule, which supports protocol obfuscation, probably inspired by the success of encryption in several BitTorrent clients. This feature, which causes eMule’s communication to appear as random data and makes it more difficult for ISP’s to throttle eMule users. The new version has the option of only […]
Nosferatu, The Last Man On Earth, House on Haunted Hill, Detour, and The Little shop of Horrors are 5 movie classics that are in the public domain. Free to download, free to share, free of DRM. The movies are hosted by publicdomaintorrents, the great resource for movie addicts we discussed earlier. Noseferatu (1922) Vampire Count […]
We made some lists before, but now we want to know what your favorite torrent site is.
Downloading TV shows has become increasingly popular over the past year. A recent study by Ipsos shows that 5% of all Americans downloaded a TV show, compared to 2% last year.
We e-mailed Julian Cain, the developer of BitRocket and he was gracious enough to set aside some time to talk to TorrentFreak about his Mac BitTorrent client that’s been making headlines over the last few days. The interview: TorrentFreak: What made you decide to develop BitRocket? Julian: I wanted to develop a BitTorrent client for […]
This might sound pretty obvious to the most of you, but there are still quite a lot of people who are tricked to pay for free software like uTorrent, BitTorrent Mainline, and Azureus. Most of them are lured by misleading advertisement, and flashy banners. They end up paying $3-$30 for a completely free application. In […]
Still going strong, here’s episode 4 of our weekly podcast. Enjoy the show and drop a comment. Welcome to TorrentPod, the official podcast of TorrentFreak.com. Join your host Charlie as he delves into this weeks latest news, and Charlie’s rambles on about Filesharing. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a (audio) comment if you have […]
Here’s our list of this weeks most popular BitTorrent movie downloads. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 50,183 2 (2) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 49,296 3 (4) RV 49,147 4 (6) Scary Movie 4 46,925 5 (3) V for Vendetta 44,268 6 (5) The […]
Bitcomet has been a controversial BitTorrent client for quite a while now. Version 0.59 and 0.60 ignored the “private flag”, and soon after that Bitcomet was banned from most private trackers.
Earlier this week we reviewed BitTorrent clients for Mac OSX. This probably inspired the developer af Bitrocket, to launch this new BitTorrent client’ Based on the feature list it looks like Bitrocket could give the existing BitTorrent clients some tough competition. Bitrocket supports essential features like: DHT: Support for “trackerless” torrents. DHT keeps the torrent […]
After a couple of weeks of finetuning, and months of hard work, Torrentspy.com finally launched their new features. An overview of the new stuff can be found over here. The redesign was planned to go live earlier this month, but better late than never. The new features add a social layer to torrentspy, with a […]
NetEqualizer must have noticed the attention Netenforcer received last week, after they claimed to be the first to throttle encrypted BitTorrent traffic. In a press release they now claim this title, but it looks like a cheap marketing stunt to me.
A portable version of uTorrent may come in handy when you’re with friends, at school, or at work. It will fit perfectly on every usb-stick, Ipod, mobile phone, or any other device that is recognized a “removable disk”.
BitTorrent is often referred to as the best filesharing protocol for sharing large files. But why? What makes BitTorrent so unique?
The number of user-friendly, appealing BitTorrent clients available for the platform are very few in comparison to the number of those available for Windows.
In this article we will highlight the most popular Mac BitTorrent applications and compare their features.
BitTorrent Inc upgraded their serverpark from 3 server racks to a 600-square- foot server cage, of roughly 28 racks. And it’s only the beginning. The growth is a result of BitTorrent’s deals with companies like Warner, Chinese TV and Movie companies, and other movie companies. BitTorrent is also planning to open their very own video […]
The Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN collected the name of one of the bigger “ulpoaders” at the busted BitTorrent site “dikkedonder”. This is the outcome of a legal struggle between the Dutch ISP UPC and the anti-piracy lobby BREIN. Last week the judge ruled that UPC had to hand over the “private” customer information because: 1. […]
Amendments, aimed to crack down digital pirates in Russia were taken into effect today. The new additions make it illegal to share copyrighted material online. Until today there was no law in Russia that protected copyright holders from internet piracy. The new law allows sentences up to 5 years in prison, equaling online piracy with […]
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