I’ve posted a story about the MPAA’s piracy stats, and that NY is the pirate capital of the world. In the post I said that it was hard to track down the source of CAM releases, but that was a mistake.
Transmission 0.7 Beta is by far the fastest, most light-weight and one of the most appealing BitTorrent clients for the Mac. Here’s our review of it.
According to the MPAA, New York is a ‘movie pirate heaven’. It is reporting that 43 percent of all pirated (cam) movies in the US, and 20 percent of them worldwide are shot in New York theaters. I seriously wonder how they came up with these numbers, since it is not that easy to track [...]
Mininova is currently working on a redesign. The new design aims to make the BitTorrent site more user friendly and to implement some new features. The new design is not complete yet, but a Beta version is up and running. The new features include: More “general info” about the torrents Improved and restyled upload section [...]
Independent Film director and writer David White urges people to pirate his movies, and put them all over the Internet. If people don’t pirate movies, independent film makers like himself will be forced to feed their children from the craft service table leftovers, and eventually the whole crew might starve to death. Apparently independent filmmaker [...]
A British Think Tank concluded that people should have the right to copy CDs and DVDs for personal use. They argue that the current copyright laws are outdated, and need to be rewritten. Copying CDs and DVDs for personal use would have little impact on copyright holders according to the “institute for public policy research” [...]
The CEO & chairman of EMI Music, Alain Levy told an audience at the London Business School on Friday that the CD as we know it is dead. According to Levy, record companies won’t be able to market CDs any longer without including ‘value added material’ and will have to make CDs a more attractive [...]
The uTorrent WebUI can be used to access uTorrent from an external computer. This also opens the possibility to handle your torrents from your browser window. We’ve discovered a Firefox extension that makes using the WebUI a lot easier.
In celebration of Halloween, BitTorrent Inc. is offering full-length horror movies for download from their site. In the mood for some Halloween horror? If so, you’re in luck, because BitTorrent.com has put together some of the greatest cult & horror movies, courtesy Archive.org. There are 9 titles in all. We have complied a list, with [...]
The 23 year old Grant Stanley has been sentenced to five months in prison, followed by five months of home detention, and a $3000 fine for the work he put in the private BitTorrent tracker Elitetorrents.
Four out of eight administrators of the Finnish BitTorrent tracker “Finreactor” have been declared guilty in court and have to pay damages totalling 60,000 dollars each. The lawsuit against Finreactor has just come to a close (Finnish report). This is believed to be only the first of many filed against the site. Three of the [...]
Here’s Episode 10 of the official TorrentFreak podcast! A lot of good stuff this time… Welcome to TorrentPod, the official pod/net/web- cast of TorrentFreak.com. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a (audio) comment if you have something to say to Charlie, or if you want to comment on the show in general. There’s more good [...]
The “Tape it off the Internet” project is currently in the final stages of the closed Beta program. TIOTI might very well be a realistic representation of what the future of TV will look like.
The latest survey conducted for the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) is showing a major decrease in filesharing activity in Canada.
Singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy is part of the growing group of artists that understands that there’s more to music than selling pieces of plastic, and suing your fans.
This week’s most popular movie downloads on BitTorrent. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (1) Open Season 48,721 2 (-) X-Men: The Last Stand 47,648 3 (-) The Grudge 2 47,504 4 (2) Jackass 2 46,101 5 (3) The Departed 42,979 6 (5) The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 41,611 7 (6) The Lake [...]
Wiredset just launched their BitTorrent Charts service. They currently index more than 30,000 trackers and over 200 BitTorrent index sites. The charts are updated on a daily basis and include the 50 most popular TV, Anime, Video, music, Software, and Game torrents. At first glance the data seems to be pretty accurate are not very [...]
In the recent past we’ve seen the record and movie industry sue everyone from little girls and soccer moms to college kids for illegal file-sharing. Imagine what would happen if book publishers started to take on public libraries.
BitTorrent Inc. officially announced that they are going to embed BitTorrent software into digital home products beyond the PC.
Social news has been a massive phenomenon with tens of millions of people using sites like Digg, Slashdot, reddit and Newsvine on a regular basis. The concept of voting for stories or digging stories quickly spilled into other areas like software (iusethis.com) and Creative Commons music (CC Hits). Now, a social site for torrents has [...]
Here’s some advise from rock star / actor Jack Black. Hilarious. Here’s some advise from rock star / actor Jack Black. Hilarious.
Here’s a message to Blockbuster, one of the largest chains of movie rental stores in the world. It’s an original way to cancel you membership.
The MPAA takes it to another level and teamed up with the LA Boy Scouts. The children can earn a “merit patch in respecting copyright” when they successfully follow an indoctrination course outlined by the MPAA.
The ISP of fenopy.com received a threat letter today from the RIAJ, the Japanese equivalent of the RIAA. The email included a list of torrents that linked to copyrighted work of Robbie Williams, P-Diddy and Jay-Z, and demanded the immediate takedown of the site in question.
With the help of IBM, the University of Arizona will put together a course designed to essentially teach people how to apply Web 2.0 services like BitTorrent, blogs, wiki’s and social networks in a business setting. Most of America’s youth already know about and make use of blogs, wikis, BitTorrent sites and podcasts. IBM and [...]
Two Swedish Pirates were sentenced for sharing music and movies over the Internet. Both men were fined for infringing copyright, and were told to pay 80 days income.
Episode 9 of the official TorrentFreak podcast is live! Welcome to TorrentPod, the official pod/net/web- cast of TorrentFreak.com. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a (audio) comment if you have something to say to Charlie, or if you want to comment on the show in general. There’s more good stuff from Charlie over at pod2peer.com. [...]
Florian Hufsky, the captain of the Austrian Pirate Party sent me this. Sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words. Feel free to share this picture! Florian Hufsky, the captain of the Austrian Pirate Party sent me this. Sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words. Feel free to share this picture!
The IFPI, the international arm of the RIAA reportedly barred a handful of university professors from entering their press conference. The professors are from the Centre for Technology and Society, a part of the prestigious Brazilian think-tank FundaÃ§Ã£o Getulio Vargas. The reason for barring those professors entry could be that the organisation they are a [...]
DRM is nothing more than a “speed bump” according to Yahoo Music general manager David Goldberg. Every form of DRM will motivate Pirates to find a workaround, and the honest customers will pay the price. Goldberg said this at the Digital Music Forum West conference in LA, and added that people who say that digital [...]
Last week at the Digital Home Developers Conference Brad Hunt, the MPAA’s executive vice president and chief technology officer said that piracy is the inevitable outcome of the music and movie industries’ inability to provide a simple, inter-compatible and non-intrusive DRM solution.
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s latest album “So Divided” leaked on BitTorrent several weeks before the official release date. Now this is not so shocking, albums have the tendency to leak. However, a post at the “official” unofficial ToD fansite reported that it was the band itself that was the [...]
The recently added WebUI feature opens up a world of possibilities for uTorrent users to create fancy widgets, scripts, and other add-ons. The Google Homepage widget is a great example. The uTorrent widget shows the status of your BitTorrent downloads on your customized google homepage. In order to show the widget you need to have [...]
This week’s most popular movie downloads on BitTorrent. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (4) Open Season 49,054 2 (1) Jackass 2 48,097 3 (-) The Departed 48,079 4 (3) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 46,401 5 (5) The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 43,471 6 (7) The Lake House 41,850 7 [...]
Are you tired of scanning several BitTorrent sites for the latest episodes of your favorite TV-show? You should definitely try using RSS feeds then. RSS and BitTorrent are a perfect match.
The Australian ISP Exetel decided to cut the available bandwidth for P2P traffic in half from noon to midnight. This move will save Exetel about 45.000 US dollars per month, while it only takes $75.000 dollar to implement the bandwidth throttling mechanisms. Exetel noticed that the percentage of P2P traffic is relatively high relative to [...]
Freeculture.org, the site that conducted the Down With DRM video contest has announced the winners of the competition. 5 winners have been chosen. Check out the winning videos below. Here’s a list of their names (in no particular order): adcBicycle and team Ami Goff R. Clayton Miller Daniel Oeffinger Benjamn Stephan and Lutz Vogel All [...]
Episode 8 of the official TorrentFreak podcast is live! Welcome to TorrentPod, the official pod/net/web- cast of TorrentFreak.com. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a (audio) comment if you have something to say to Charlie, or if you want to comment on the show in general. There’s more good stuff from Charlie over at pod2peer.com. [...]
Over the past year or so, BitTorrent as a medium for independent artists and labels to distribute content has grown immensely. It’s good to see that BitTorrent.com, the ‘official’ BT site is spearheading this movement. Just a couple of weeks ago we saw bands as popular as Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service and [...]
Bram Cohen, inventor of the BitTorrent protocol believes that private torrent sites should stop tracking the ratios of their users the way they do now. He argues that the sites are overemphasizing the importance of the upload / download ratio, which fosters the creation of ratio cheating software, and calls it “extremely destructive”.
Ashwin Navin, president and co-founder of BitTorrent predicts a backlash against Apple’s ‘locked-in’ ecosystem in the next three years. Navin told Jemina Kiss at the Mipcom festival: “Apple is a phenomenal company – we’ve hired engineers from Apple and know the caliber of the talent and creativity. Fundamentally Steve Jobs has challenged an entire value [...]
The popular BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay and street fashion company “WeSC” announced today that they are going to start cooperating. WeSC is a street fashion company with stores in Vienna, New York, LA, Porto, Tokyo, Seoul, Munich, Regensburg, and Stockholm. The Pirate Bay officially announced this deal earlier today on their Blog. WeSC is [...]
Anne Sweeney, the president of the Disney-ABC television group explained that Piracy is a business model. She told that content providers should compete, instead of fight it.
This post has nothing to do with Google or Youtube, just this week’s most popular movie downloads on BitTorrent. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (1) Jackass 2 49,556 2 (2) Scary Movie 4 48,404 3 (3) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 48,386 4 (-) Open Season 46,714 5 (-) The Fast and [...]
Apparently Electronic Arts is watching BitTorrent trackers, and started to send out letters to ISP’s of alleged copyright infringers. We’re used to copyright infringement letters form the RIAA and MPAA because it’s their core business, but letters from game developers are quite exceptional. A Destructoid reader reported that he was accused of downloading a copy [...]
A recent study by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) reveals that Movie Piracy not only has a direct impact on the movie business, but that is also affect the US economy on a larger scale.
This disturbs me. Apparently piracy funds organized crime and terrorism. We got to stop this because eh.. Cool is Copyright! The pirates are out to get you… Don’t let them brand you with their mark. Piracy funds organized crime and will destroy our film and video industry. Piracy costs jobs and will destroy our music [...]
A week ago several respectable sources including Digg and Slashdot reported that Btjunkie is the largest BitTorrent search site on the web. But both the methodology and the legitimacy of the source are doubtful. The sites refer to this article, that was featured on Digg and Slashdot. The winner (according to the article) was submitted [...]
Searching.com is still trying to keep their traffic up by generating incoming traffic from BitTorrent sites. This way searching.com appears to be a pretty popular search engine based on Alexa’s traffic rank, while in fact most of the traffic is coming from redirected torrent searches.
Charlie is back with episode 7 of the official TorrentFreak podcast! Welcome to TorrentPod, the official pod/net/web- cast of TorrentFreak.com. Charlie is trying to get over his crashed hard drive, and managed to record another episode. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a (audio) comment if you have something to say to Charlie, or if [...]
This weeks most popular movies on BitTorrent. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (-) Jackass 2 48,977 2 (1) Scary Movie 4 48,255 3 (2) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 47,970 4 (7) Poseidon 46,348 5 (6) RV 43,353 6 (8) The Sentinel 42,112 7 (9) Silent Hill 41,542 8 (-) V For [...]
Widgets are hot. Yesterday we posted the Fenopy BitTorrent search widget, and today a “Multi BitTorrent Site Search Widget. The widget allows you to search for torrents on 17 BitTorrent search engines, directly from Dashboard. The widget is created by TyrantBuilt, he also included quick links to TorrentFreak’s latest articles, and the TorrentFreak homepage. The [...]
A playable copy of Final Fantasy XII leaked onto several BitTorrent sites weeks before the planned release date. Square Enix, the makers of the game asked most of the BitTorrent site admins to take down the torrent(s) in question. It looks like most admins are complying to these requests. Several BitTorrent site admins told TorrentFreak [...]
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) declared October 3rd to be Anti-DRM day. Spread the word! We can make a difference! Here are ten things you can do… What is DRM? Defective by Design The Free Software Foundation (FSF) declared October 3rd to be Anti-DRM day. Spread the word! We can make a difference! Here are [...]
Windows Vista has a brand new Network Stack. According to tests conducted on both Windows XP and Vista, the new stack might actually speed up BitTorrent transfers by an estimated 10%. We’ve been hearing a lot about how Windows Vista has a brand new ‘Network Stack‘. As I understand it, a Network or Protocol Stack [...]
The Web 2.0 inspired BitTorrent search engine “Fenopy” just released a widget that allows you to search for torrents, or spy on the latest torrent submissions. The widget requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
DigiTimes interviewed Ashwin Navin, president and co-founder of BitTorrent. He talks about some familiar topics like implementing DRM, peer assisted video distribution and BitTorrent beyond the PC. From the interview: DigiTimes: Can you please provide a bit of background information about BitTorrent? Navin: BitTorrent was invented in 2001 by Bram Cohen. When Bram looked at [...]
The first person ever charged with filesharing in Sweden is acquitted by the Appeal Court.
Looking for the latest Linux distro’s? At linux.etorrents.info you can find most of the popular distro’s, including a short description of each one. Using BitTorrent to download the latest copy of your favorite distro is not only faster than a http or ftp mirror, it also saves the distributors some bandwidth. Currently listed are: Ubuntu, [...]
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