Happy New Year! Here’s a serious list of BitTorrent-related things that might happen in 2007. Seriously!
This a series of three BBC documentaries that show how fear is an ultimate tool for politicians to preserve their power. As director Adam Curtis puts it, “Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us: from nightmares.”
This week’s most popular DVDrips distributed over BitTorrent.
Game companies have recently started distributing demos of their games over BitTorrent. Most stay away from “illegal” torrent sites like The Pirate Bay to avoid confusing customers, so the focus seems to be on BitTorrent.com. An excellent turn-based strategy game called Disciples II: Dark Prophecy is one of the demos available.
TorrentFreak is proud to present TorrentPod episode 19 … Enjoy..
I decided to take a look at the FAQ on BitTorrent.com, because it’s never too late to learn. And I must admit, I stumbled upon a very interesting piece of information.
The IFPI announced that they will sue at least 1000 people per month in the upcoming year. These yet to be identified pirates will face fines between 2,000 and 15,000 Euro.
One of the reasons people put down BitTorrent is because it can, at times, be slower than traditional protocols like HTTP and FTP. But the technology isn’t at fault, it’s the upload speeds of users that are capped, which prevents files from being shared more efficiently.
Here’s a roundup of some of the BitTorrent related tutorials we wrote this year. Twelve tutorials in total, so there will probably be something interesting for everyone.
According to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company, for every legally downloaded video file, there are five illegally downloaded ones on P2P networks and BitTorrent sites.
We’ve seen several confrontations between the MPAA and some of the bigger BitTorrent sites this year. Here’s a roundup of some the most memorable events.
Jamendo is a website with a revolutionary model that allows artists to promote and publish their music. Artist have the opportunity to show their creativity to a broader audience, and the public has a place to listen to, download, and share new music.
We wish you all a wonderful Christmas! Keep seeding your torrents, and don’t play with fire around the Christmas tree.
Recently, the topic of traffic shaping and BitTorrent encryption was once again resurrected, this time by Wired News writer Michael Galore. In a recent post he explains that encrypting BitTorrent traffic is bad. But is this really the case?
This weeks most popular DVDrips distributed over BitTorrent.
Allpeers is a revolutionary “BitTorrent powered” Firefox extension that makes it easy to share pictures, music, videos, and web pages with friends from within Firefox itself. The latest addition to the extension is a completely encrypted instant messenger.
TorrentFreak is proud to present TorrentPod episode 18 … Enjoy..
For the last ten days, Swedish ISP Perspektiv Bredband has been blocking Russian Website AllOfMp3.com. This conduct has led to protests from various sources. For example, The Pirate Bay, working together with the pro-piracy lobby PiratbyrÃ¥n, decided to block all Perspektiv’s customers from accessing its site.
One of most popular BitTorrent sites, mininova just got a complete overhaul. They’ve launched a new site design, and relocated to a new host and datacenter.
Last weekend, the Swedish Pirate Party founded its youth organisation, “Young Pirates”. The Young Pirates have over 1000 members, and are therefore eligible to receive funding from the Swedish government. We got the chance to interview its chairman Hugi Ãsgeirsson. Hugi is 18 years old, and lives in the northern Swedish city of Kiruna, where he is currently on his last highschool year studying Space Science.
Scott McCausland, one of the admins of the private BitTorrent tracker Elitetorrents was sentenced to five months in prison. He was convicted of “conspiracy to commit copyright infringement” and “criminal copyright infringement”.
Exactly two years ago today the legendary BitTorrent site Suprnova.org was taken offline. December 19, 2004, is a milestone in the history of BitTorrent. But how did it all start? Who was behind this legendary site? And what happened after is was taken down?
The popular BitTorrent client, Azureus has just struck a deal with the BBC to offer TV shows on its recently launched content store/website, Zudeo.
Google has released its annual year-end Zeitgeist. Amazingly, the word ‘mininova’ ranks 9 on Google’s list of most queried terms in 2006.
Piracy is not all that bad for musicians. In fact, research has shown that less popular artists actually profit from piracy. This can be concluded from, and is supported by several studies. Frustrated as they are, the music industry claims that they lose millions a year due to piracy, but is this really the case?
geoTorrent.org is a relatively new BitTorrent website that’s distributing, what it claims to be legal, Satellite images and geospatial data, something that would be impossible over HTTP considering file sizes can go up to 87 GB.
The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler is a TV documentary from 1958, narrated by Westbrook Van Voorhis, that ended up in the public domain. The documentary includes some rare homemade videos shot by Eva Braun, and interviews with his sister Paula Wolf, his driver, and other people that surrounded him.
Swedish broadcast statistics institute, MMS released a study in which it shows that one out of four Swedish youngsters downloads TV shows over the internet, instead of watching them on TV.
This weeks most popular DVDrips distributed over BitTorrent.
A recent analysis of the latest P2P trends in Germany shows that BitTorrent is now the most popular filesharing protocol in the country, leaving eDonkey behind for the first time. This growth can be called explosive because more than 50% of the German filesharers now use BitTorrent, in 2005 this was only 1 in 5.
A University of Sydney study has found that 53% of all Australians that were interviewed download TV shows over BitTorrent on a regular basis. The study also found that one in four people download TV shows at least twice a week.
And here’s episode 17 of the official TorrentFreak podcast!… Enjoy..
Nothing is more frustrating than your download getting stuck. The fact that a torrent has stopped downloading can have several reasons. One of these reasons is that the tracker has stopped functioning.
Chan Nai-ming, the first man ever convicted for using BitTorrent has lost his appeal. Chan was charged last year for copyright infringement for uploading the movies “Daredevil”, “Miss Congeniality” and “Red Planet”. He was eventually sentenced to three months in prison, but was released on bail pending appeal, which he now lost.
Recently the Swedish ISP, Perspektiv, under orders from the IFPI, blocked all its customers from accessing the popular ‘grey market’ online music store, AllOfMp3. The Pirate Bay has now countered this move and decided to block all of the ISP’s customers from accessing its site.
P2P company, ‘Swarmcast’ has received $5 million in funding to develop a secure and fast system to distribute very high definition (upto 250GB) Hollywood movies to digital cinemas. With all the uproar about BitTorrent Inc lately, the deal that Swarmcast made has remained relatively unnoticed.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) is considered to be one of the worst movies ever made. It is so bad, that it is actually fun to watch. The filmmakers were probably too embarrassed to renew the copyright, so it’s now in the public domain.
A recent survey amongst 1500 British kids between the age of 8 and 13 shows that 33% of them share music via their mobile phones. 45% of the kids that did not share, would like to do this in the near future.
After the recent announcement by BitTorrent Inc that it has acquired the popular, lightweight Windows torrent client, uTorrent, there has been much speculation about the company making the source code of uTorrent public.
We have decided to publish a weekly DVDrip chart here on TorrentFreak. The “BitTorrent DVDrip top 10″ will replace the “BitTorrent movie download chart,” and will be published on a weekly basis. The chart will only list DVDrips, no DVDscreeners and no Cams.
BitTorrent Inc just announced that it has acquired the popular BitTorrent client, uTorrent. uTorrent will continue to have its own website and community for now, and the uTorrent code base will remain closed source. Ludvig Strigeus, the writer of uTorrent will serve as a technical consultant, but BitTorrent Inc will do the majority of the development work.
Another episode of the official TorrentFreak podcast!… Enjoy..
Watch out for a new Windows BitTorrent client called BitRoll. Users are reporting that it installs malware on their PCs and creates pop-up ads whenever they open their browsers.
When the popular BitTorrent tracker the PirateBay was raided in May, the police confiscated 180 servers of TPB’s hosting company PRQ. The Swedish authorities have now decided that the servers of TPB, and those of other customers unrelated to the BitTorrent tracker, will remain in custody.
The MPAA demonstrated one of its latest anti-piracy tools to their Arab colleagues in Dubai: Two black Labradors named Lucky and Flo. A “highly effective” tool in the “war against piracy” according to the MPAA.
Johnny Ray Gasca, a resident of Hollywood, has been sentenced to seven years in jail for recording a film with his camcorder in a local cinema. Gasca is the first to be convicted in a nationwide campaign against movie piracy.
Bram Cohen has confirmed in an interview that content on the upcoming BitTorrent Video Store is going to be loaded with Windows DRM, which means restrictions for all and Mac & Linux users are going to be left out in the cold. What fun!
The popular BitTorrent client, Azureus has announced its long awaited 3.0 release together with the launch of its new video sharing site Zudeo.com. Azureus 3.0 includes a content layer that “should” make it easier to find videos and other large files, and share them with friends.
Sufjan Stevens is an American Folk & Indie Rock musician and singer-songwriter, three of whose singles are being distributed legally over BitTorrent. Uploaded by his record label, Asthmatic Kitty, the singles are from his albums, Illinoise and The Avalanche.
No BitTorrent movie download chart this week due to parental issues at BigChampagne. But don’t worry, we have a worthy replacement: TorrentFreak’s one and only BitTorrent DVDrip Top 10.
“Tracker Checker” is a nifty little program that automatically checks when private trackers are open for registration. A lot of trackers open their doors occasionally, giving you the opportunity to register without an invite. This program helps you yo find out when.
The first English Gulliver’s Travels cartoon is now available on BitTorrent. The cartoon is produced by Fleischer Studios Inc for Paramount Pictures, and has fallen in the public domain which means that there are no copyright restrictions.
BitTorrent Inc has officially announced that they are receiving a second round of funding totalling $20 million. As predicted, the investors are Accel Partners and Doll Capital Management.
Mavol, the founder of filesharingplace.com, who is also the owner of the BitTorrent meta-search engine Torrentscan.com got screwed over by his (former) webhost. When he was registering the domain for his site, his sneaky webhost, Ryan Porter quietly registered filesharingplace.com under his own name.
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