P2P Speeds Cut in Half by Australian ISP

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…

Winners of the Down With DRM video contest announced

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…

TorrentPod Episode 8

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…

BitTorrent: an excellent medium for indie labels

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…

Private Torrent Sites Overemphasize Share Ratios According to Bram Cohen

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…

BitTorrent vs. Apple

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…

The Pirate Bay Teams up with Street Fashion Company

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…

Disney Says Piracy Is A Business Model

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.