Most people are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer. Less known is the aXXo prayer, dedicated to the popular DVD ripper that goes by this name. Courtesy of “the_dwarfer”, who just started a new religion.
SoundExchange is a company that collects royalties for thousands of artists. Many webcasters, satellite radio stations and other music services pay license fees to SoundExchange, enabling them to play the music of these artists. Sounds fair, but there is one problem: SoundExchange has trouble tracking down the artists, Kim Wilde, Wu-Tang-Clan, where are you?
Having outstayed its welcome in Germany, a company is bringing its legal strategy against file-sharers to the UK. Its first targets are 500 P2P users who illegally distributed a game according to the company, even though many of the victims never even heard of the game in question. All Filesharers receive a letter in which they are urged to settle the case for a relatively small sum of money. So who are the accusers and what quality of evidence do they hold?
The popular BitTorrent meta-search engine torrentscan.com was shutdown a few hours ago due to a DMCA violation. An absurd action because the site never linked to a single .torrent file, it just allowed you to search for torrent files on other BitTorrent sites like The Pirate Bay and Mininova. So how on earth can it cause a DMCA violation?
TorrentPod episode 31 is out. Enjoy this week’s news!
Limewire is installed on nearly 20% of all Windows PCs and little over 15% of the PCs has a BitTorrent client on it. This is concluded in the digital media desktop report from Digital Music News.
Just two days after TorrentFreak reported that a clampdown on file-sharing in Italy was looming, reports suggest that police raids have closed down a major DirectConnect hub, netting equipment and the network’s major uploaders.
There is a statement you’ll often see on p2p forums, and in IRC channels. It usually comes in a discussion about “getting caught” or “letters been sent” and it goes something like “the safest thing is to join a private site. The other oft-proposed solution, blocklists, has been discussed before. Are private sites any safer though?
Recently, the University of Wisconsin (based in Madison, WI) announced that it would not forward on threatening letters from the RIAA to its students. Now, some of the other schools in the system are going along with it in what can only be seen as a setback to the recording industry’s thuggish policies.
Xtorrent, the highly anticipated BitTorrent client for the Mac, is finally out of beta with a shiny 1.0 release. Here’s our review of it.
Following the forced closure of some of Bulgaria’s most loved BitTorrent trackers, the file-sharing peers of Bulgaria have done the thing they do best : they organized a human BitTorrent swarm in Sophia – and hundreds joined it to protest against the government.
After a Court ruled that downloading films, music or software is not criminal if done for no profit, the Italian Vice Prime Minister said that the government will no longer turn a blind eye and declared that there will be a crackdown on sites hosted in the country.
The 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent this week. “Casino Royale” tops the chart this week.
Despite being ordered to Cease & Desist and then sued by the RIAA, LimeWire is refusing to cave in to industry pressure and is prepared for a long fight. Installed on an amazing one-fifth of desktops worldwide, LimeWire’s popularity has never been greater and in their battle against the RIAA, millions will be cheering them on.
As they stood outside the court waiting for the release of the administrator of Bulgaria’s largest BitTorrent site, waiting journalists were kicked and punched, not by some villains – but by official court security guards. Now it’s time for the head of court security to face the music.
TorrentPod episode 30, yeah 30! Enjoy this week’s news.
When Bram Cohen was testing the BitTorrent protocol back in 2002, he used free porn to lure people into using BitTorrent. Five years later BitTorrent turned into a commercial venture, and it now charges their customers for downloading soft-porn clips of drunk teens showing off body parts. Times have changed.
Do you ever wonder where all the seeds and peers on your torrent come from, and what their houses look like? P2p-monitor.com developed a great tool to visualize a real life BitTorrent swarm in Google Earth.
Most of the world’s largest and most important BitTorrent trackers are situated in The Netherlands, so you would expect that if anyone would be a target of Dutch anti-piracy oufit BREIN, they would. Wrong. BREIN has a long record of ignoring the heavyweights and picking on the little guy. Their latest target is dsb-tracker.org, a tiny BitTorrent tracker few will have heard of.
After 15 punishing rounds of combat involving 32 of America’s most hated companies, 100,000 voters have spoken: More hated than Halliburton, more despised than Walmart, the RIAA has defeated all-comers to become the Worst Company in America 2007.
BitTorrent Inc. has plans to launch a free, ad-supported TV-network by the end of this year. It will hereby be in direct competition with Joost and online video services like YouTube. It is unsure if BitTorrent’s current partners like Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox will also make their content available for the BitTorrent TV-network.
MaxÃ¯mo Park’s latest album was leaked onto BitTorrent, a full month ahead of its official launch. Now, band frontman Paul Smith has told the BBC that he’s remaining philosphical: he knows he can’t stop it but he still wants to strangle the file-sharer who pre-released the album.
Configuring your BitTorrent client is extremely important if you want to get the best out of BitTorrent. However, the settings pane of the average BitTorrent client might be a bit overwhelming, and some people just don’t know where to start. For novices, this BitTorrent settings calculator might come in handy.
May 2006 saw the admin of one of Bulgaria’s largest BitTorrent trackers arrested by the police, accused of putting links to over 20 million copyright works on the internet. Despite the fact he has been released, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry has now ordered all ISP’s to block access to the torrent site.
The 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent this week. Newcomer “Night at the Museum” tops the chart this week
If the likes of the MPAA, RIAA and IFPI are to be believed, file-sharing is causing worldwide havok, costing billions of dollars and creating unemployment. It’s true that some people are feeling the P2P effect; they’re called ‘physical pirates’ and one of them says that file-sharing has ruined his business.
It is doubtful that the term “intellectual property” is still applicable to the majority of the Hollywood productions, especially the intellectual part. So, is piracy still intellectual property theft if the property is not a product of the intellect? Great cartoon by Clay Bennett
TorrentPod episode 29! Enjoy this week’s news, great fun!
Lilx.net has a great Tv-calendar that makes it easy to check when the latest episode of your favorite TV-show is broadcasted. To make it even better, the calendar also links to the latest TV-torrents for every episode.
Maintaining a respectable ratio on a BitTorrent tracker can be a drawn-out task. The vast majority of users understand this, warm in the knowledge that whatever they upload helps their peers to download more quickly. Some users do not care about such things, and turn to ratio hacking applications like GreedyTorrent.
An anonymous Apple insider has tipped off the Unofficial Apple Weblog that he believes the corrupted iTunes libraries they have been seeing recently are caused by a conflict between iTunes 7.1 and LimeWire.
SymTorrent is a BitTorrent client for mobile devices that allows you to download torrents over WiFi, GPRS and UMTS. The free and open-source BitTorrent client is developed by Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Like most other BitTorrent sites, The Pirate Bay has grown explosively over the last year. They are now tracking 500.000 .torrent files and almost 5 million peers, what makes them by far the most popular BitTorrent tracker. In comparison, a year ago they tracked only 125.000 torrents.
In real life, aXXo is probably just an average person, but on the Internet he’s a celebrity, with over a million people downloading his DVDrips every month. The search term “aXXo” is among the top searches on every torrent site, and even anti-piracy organizations use his name to trap people into downloading fake torrents. We had the chance to ask him a few questions, and find out a little more about him.
The 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent this week. Newcomer “Blood Diamond” tops the chart this week
The MPAA is very active in recruiting America’s youth for their war on piracy. The deadline for the their anti-piracy propaganda contest just passed. SIFE Students from all over America spent weeks filming mind numbing anti-piracy PSAs, resulting in some really bad, but hilarious clips.
TorrentPod episode 28! Enjoy this week’s news.
EZTV has been the leading TV-torrent distribution group for over a year now. They collect and distribute the TV-torrents, that find their way to millions of people every week. Time to have a chat with one of the EZTV crew members, to find out a little more about them.
While students at universities in the US are pressured by the RIAA, Cardiff University citing pressure from increasing numbers of copyright infringement notices, has taken out a blunt instrument and banned it’s students from accessing some of the world’s largest BitTorrent sites, regardless of the legitimate content they contain.
The BitTorrent Video Store that was launched less than two weeks ago is facing some serious DRM issues. It is virtually impossible to play a great deal of the Movies and TV-shows they sell on computers that have a graphics driver older than 20 months.
Allpeers is a P2P extension for Firefox that allows you to share pictures, music, and movies via BitTorrent. There’s no interface to download “normal” torrents yet, but this may change now AllPeers decoded to go open-source.
We all know how popular file-sharing has become but with six file-sharing applications occupying the first six places in SourceForge’s Top 10 All-Time Downloads, surely the people have spoken. We love sharing files and we enjoy – no, we demand – Open Source!
The 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent this week. Oscar winner “The Departed” tops the chart this week
“On Piracy” is a detailed and insightful documentary about picacy, DRM, copyright law, and digital media, with views from both sides of the fence. And the good thing is, the DVD can be downloaded for free.
What we all should know about Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol. Educational clips from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Times have changed, or have they? The films are all in the public domain, and can be downloaded over BitTorrent, or from archive.org.
FoxTorrent is a BitTorrent extension for Firefox, developed by the Silicon Valley based company RedSwoosh. The extension makes it possible to download .torrent files in Firefox, and integrates BitTorrent downloads with Swoosh links.
TorrentPod episode 27! Enjoy this week’s news.
Millions of UK viewers who have already paid for access to shows such as Lost, 24 and Battlestar Galactica are now facing blank television screens because of a dispute between Virgin Media and BSkyB. They now face a stark choice: miss the shows they love so much, or download them via BitTorrent.
A strange virus which taunts file-sharers and threatens to report them to the police and even kill them, is being distributed on the Winny network.
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