We wrote hundreds of articles this year, it is nearly impossible to summarize all the things that happened, but here is a selection of some of the most funny, controversial and thought provoking quotes that passed.
The top 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent, “Rush Hour 3″ tops the chart this week.
The PC game ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ has been in production for 10 years so one way or another, it must’ve cost the developers a small fortune. However, as 3D Realms have decided to release their latest teaser on BitTorrent, distribution of their advertising content by this method will be reduced to zero. Groovy.
2007 is almost over so it’s time to make a list of the Top 10 “public” BitTorrent sites getting the most traffic this year. Mininova is out in the lead followed by IsoHunt and The Pirate Bay. TorrentSpy, the most popular BitTorrent site last year, has dropped down to 6th place.
The SuperTorrents BitTorrent tracker has been the subject of a major security breach, with hackers gaining access to private accounts from which they donated all the site’s money to a religious group. The hackers even went as far as contacting the site’s host and canceled all of their seedboxes.
We’ve been waiting… and waiting… but STEAL THIS FILM II has finally been released, and it’s available for free. The League of Noble Peers announce that film is intended to ‘bring new people into the leagues of those now prepared to think ‘after intellectual property’, think creatively about the future of distribution, production and creativity’.
People in the BitTorrent community are familiar with the ‘hydra’ concept. When the mythical creature had one of its heads cut off, others grew in its place. Likewise the shutting of a torrent site results in the spawning of others in its place. We interview the developers of ‘xbtit’ who can help you to become another head on the hydra.
Today several news sources again reported that 36.4% of all PCs have Limewire installed. The reports are based on a press release published by Digital Music News, who misinterpreted their own data. The acual install base is less than 18%, 17.92 to be exact.
A DVD-player that has been designed to prevent DVD-screeners from leaking to the public will be phased out because industry insiders say the DRM hurts their viewing pleasure. It seems that DRM is fine when it’s annoying the public but unacceptable when it’s affecting them.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is trying to convince European lawmakers that ISPs should take extreme measures to fight piracy. They suggest that ISPs should block access to websites such as The Pirate Bay, and block filesharing protocols, no matter what they’re being used for.
After 2005 FBI raid, sk0t, the admin of EliteTorrents, was arrested and subsequently jailed. After serving his time he was fitted with an ankle monitor which restricted his movement when released. This Christmas, sk0t got a great gift – he was allowed to remove his digital shackle. He talks to TorrentFreak.
Hollywood had hoped otherwise, but it has been a good year for The Pirate Bay, despite all the legal hassles. Most impressive is the explosive growth in number of torrents and peers that are using the Pirate Bay tracker.
A man who went on a TV show downloading spree after misunderstanding the terms of his cellphone contract has been hit with a bill for $54,000. The factory worker, 29, who fears being made bankrupt said: “I just laughed out loud. How on earth could I afford to pay that?” A loan, maybe? Santa?
Shareaza.com, the home of the hugely popular Shareaza multi-network sharing application, has been hijacked by scammers. Unsuspected visitors to the site will be completely unaware that they will be tricked into downloading something that isn’t Shareaza at all, but subscription-based malware infected software instead.
The top 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent, “Atonement” tops the chart this week. This special Christmas edition also includes the 5 most downloaded DVD-screeners.
Morals are often defined by what the general public sees as right or wrong. Most people don’t feel that they’re doing wrong when they download an MP3 or share a movie, but in most countries they are actually breaking laws, laws which do not reflect what the general public considers to be legal, fair use, or even moral.
It has been a rough year for MediaDefender and their parent company ArtistDirect. This September nearly 700mb of MediaDefender’s emails leaked to the public. Initially it didn’t seem to affect the stock price much, but after the financial consequences became apparent, their net worth plunged.
In just over a year the number of internet users file-sharing in Japan has increased by a staggering 180%, says the results of an online survey. The average number of files downloaded has more than doubled.
The popular BitTorrent site Mininova officially launched its Content Distribution service, an easy way for indie publishers to share their content with a wide audience, for free of course.
The Pirate Bay is encouraging its users to vote for Familjen, an independent artists who is nominated for a Swedish Grammy. They are using the power of peers to break with the tradition of music cartels that reward their own artists, and to annoy the IFPI of course.
It is being reported by the IPFI that Yahoo China’s music search feature violates the law when it deep links users to pirated music. Yahoo China’s music search has been confirmed illegal in a Beijing court ruling which states that under new copyright laws it facilitates mass copyright infringement.
A few weeks ago we reported that the popular DVD ripper aXXo decided to take a break and stopped releasing new material for the time being. Around the same time a new face entered the non-scene scene and whenever people searched for aXXo torrents, KLAXXON rips started to appear.
The top 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent, “The Invasion” tops the chart this week.
Lucky & Flo, the dogs employed by the MPAA to hunt down pirate media have returned home. But before media pirates start celebrating, beware: there are two new pirate-chasing canines on the block. The authorities say “Good Boy!” to their latest recruits – Paddy and Manny, all the way from Ireland.
A Los Angeles court decided against TorrentSpy in their ongoing legal battle with the MPAA and terminated their case. According to the ruling, TorrentSpy was sanctioned for destructing evidence.
BitTorrent Inc. officially launched its “Watch Now” section where they have over 1000 movies and TV episodes available to watch for free. BitTorrent streaming opens up the possibility for content producers to offer high quality video streams to the public while generating money from advertising, a business model that should appeal to both customers and content producers.
As part of its anti-piracy activities within ‘Operation Premiere’, Czech police raided a students dormitory in the Prague-Strahov area. As well confiscating many terabytes of pirate material, police detained seven students who they claim form part of Internet pirate network. They are facing 5 years in jail.
27th January 2008 will see only the second election worldwide to include a Pirate Party on the ballot. It will not, however, be in Sweden, but the German state of Hesse, in south-west Germany.
With an install rate of more than 5% on Windows PCs worldwide, uTorrent is now by far the most popular BitTorrent client. Azureus, the most installed BitTorrent application of last year fell back to the third place.
Talented independent filmmakers are benefiting immensely from having their movies distributed for free on BitTorrent. Films that might never have been heard of before are now being watched by millions of people.
Diferior makes it easy for everyone to start a BitTorrent or filesharing community, and more. It is easy to customize and can be used as a blog, a forum, a simple http downloads system, a public or private BitTorrent tracker, or all of these features at once.
With rampant piracy across much of Russia, one could be forgiven for thinking they don’t care about copyright there. That assertion is now up for debate as the first BitTorrent user in Russia is sentenced for illegally distributing software, with anti-copyright activists calling for people to jump on a torrent in protest.
Ever since Demonoid decided to pull the plug following pressure from the CRIA, thousands of members are wondering what happened. Perhaps even more importantly, they are asking themselves this: Is Demonoid ever going to come back?
Whilst America is often considered by many to be the home of overreaching and overprotective copyright laws, the Swiss government has decided that it can do better, and so quietly passed a bill in an attempt to catch the US. However, the Swiss won’t accept such a law without a fight.
The main fear of many BitTorrent users is that of being traced while sharing copyright works. Although only a tiny minority get into trouble, that fear is likely to increase for those sharing hardcore porn on BitTorrent, as Swiss company Logistep steps in to help lawyers prise cash from the P2P masses.
The top 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent, “Rush Hour 3″ tops the chart this week.
Vivid, the world’s leading adult film company is sueing PornoTube, a YouTube-like site offering XXX content. Vivid claims that its content is available on PornoTube without permission or compliance with age verification rules. Interestingly, PornoTube’s owner, AEBN, is actually a Vivid customer already.
The police investigation into The Pirate Bay has finally came to an end. Today, the Pirate Bay received over 4,000 pages of legal paperwork. There doesn’t appear to be any evidence that suggests The Pirate Bay is involved in any illegal activities, but that is up to the court to decide now.
The Pirate Bay just launched their new music section where artists are categorized utilizing tagging data from the popular music community, last.fm. Together with the previously released music discovery feature, it makes it easier than ever to find music you like.
Christmas is known world-wide as a time for sharing, a time for giving. But for one charity, instead of Santa arriving with gifts, the copyright police turned up demanding money. Why? Because the charity allows children to sing carols on the premises and their kitchen radio is a little loud. You couldn’t make it up.
Before getting up on stage at a club in Oslo, 50 Cent gave an interview. In it he denied taking coke on live TV in Zagreb and then dropped a file-sharing bombshell: “What is important for the music industry to understand is that this really doesn`t hurt the artists!” Wow. No-one cares about the coke now.
The world’s largest BitTorrent tracker is no longer running on Hypercube, the tracker originally developed by Anakata, one of the Pirate Bay founders. The Pirate Bay switched to Opentracker which uses less resources and supports UDP tracking.
Following the huge pressure it successfully put on LeaseWeb to shut BitTorrent sites, anti-piracy outfit BREIN smells blood as it casts a wider net to force other ISPs to shut down other huge sites, including the likes of Mininova, TorrentSpy and BTJunkie.
The OiNK servers that were raided in October have been returned to OiNK’s ISP. Strangely enough all the data, and thus the evidence, has been wiped. In addition, the bail date for OiNK admin Alan Ellis, who was arrested during the raid, has today been extended until the 4th of February 2008.
According to a group of lawmakers, 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine is not a severe enough sentence for copyright infringement in the US. So, a new bill is proposed to strengthen civil and criminal intellectual property laws and increase penalties for offenders.
Anyone into downloading pirate movies from the internet over the last few years likely knows that the label ‘maVen’ on a video release was usually a mark of a high quality ‘cammed’ movie. After dozens of major releases and investigations by the FBI and Canadian police, ‘maVen’ now faces 6 months in jail.
The top 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent, “Superbad” tops the chart this week.
The latest issue of the Donald Duck magazine in The Netherlands features Donald and his nephews as music pirates and (who else) Uncle Scrooge as the big boss of a record label threatening with fines. Has the anti-piracy lobby infiltrated the Donald Duck magazine?
Many experienced file-sharers can’t understand why relative novices manage to download so much junk from BitTorrent. Fake downloads that never finish, video files which refuse to play, movies that require special players and unwatchable video are easily avoided by those in the know. But how do they do it?
This year the Motion Picture Association are getting into the Christmas spirit early with the news that ‘Operation Blackout’ has begun with an offensive against camcording pirates in 13 countries. When the MPA starts constructing their slogans from songs, they must be serious. Watch out pirates!
The Hydra Project is a new script for private BitTorrent trackers designed to resist any attack or raid, and to guarantee the privacy and anonymity of its users. It’s truly hydra compatible, which is much needed quality in these turbulent times.
The Pirate Bay has released a widget that puts a list of the top 10 torrents from any (or all) of the categories on the popular BitTorrent site on your Mac Dashboard. In addition they announce the upcoming release of a public API for their website.
In November we reported that the ZCult FM comic tracker had been put under legal pressure by the the combined might of Marvel and DC comics. Another tracker, ComicSearch, came out with an open letter to Marvel after this legal action, only to walk straight into the spotlight themselves.
The iPhone has no built-in BitTorrent client yet, but you can use it to access uTorrent remotely from anywhere in the world. The iPhone web interface for uTorrent makes it easy to manage your torrents when you’re away from your desktop computer.
The private BitTorrent tracker Moviex has been setup and configured to leech from public BitTorrent users. Through some clever modifications, their tracker allows non-members to seed to the private tracker, while downloading is forbidden.
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