We did it again. Despite being chronically understaffed we managed to get at least one article published on TorrentFreak every day in 2010. Although we aim to regularly publish articles worthy of being listed in a year’s end overview, rather than choose those for inclusion ourselves we felt our loyal readers should do the talking. So what were the hottest debated topics in the file-sharing world this year? Let’s find out.
At the TorrentFreak office we toyed with several ideas to form the basis of this list. The largest failures, victories, losses, innovations and so forth, but it seemed impossible to make a good selection without leaving some of the best stories out.
So instead we decided to go for the articles that our readers found interesting enough to discuss in volume; the most commented articles of 2010.
Below are the 25 most discussed articles of the year. It’s been an exciting ride, with many ups and downs, and we’d like to thank everyone who read and contributed for your support. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list? Feel free, as always, to comment below.
Happy New Year… We’ll report for duty in the morning.
1. U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More (November)
2. U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs (July)
3. OiNK Admin Found Not Guilty, Walks Free (January)
4. ACS:Law Anti-Piracy Law Firm Torn Apart By Leaked Emails (September)
5. The Pirate Bay Goes Down Following Legal Pressure (May)
6. Digital Economy Bill Passes, File-Sharing Ends Soon (June)
7. Leaked Emails Reveal Profits of Anti-Piracy Cash Scheme (September)
8. BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures (November)
9. Senate Committee Passes Bill To Quash Pirate Websites (November)
10. ‘Piracy Is Theft, Clean and Simple’ US Vice President Says (June)
11. The Pirate Bay Appeal Verdict: Guilty Again (November)
12. 4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Websites (September)
13. The Mysterious And Scary BitTorrent Monitoring Site (April)
14. LimeWire Shuts Down After Losing Court Battle With The RIAA (October)
15. 4chan to DDoS RIAA Next – Is This the Protest of the Future? (September)
16. LimeWire Resurrected By Secret Dev Team (November)
17. The Pirate Party Becomes The Pirate Bay’s New Host (May)
18. World’s First Pirate ISP Launches In Sweden (July)
19. Police in File-Sharing Raids Across Europe, WikiLeaks Host Targeted (September)
20. IP-Addresses of First Hurt Locker Victims Revealed (June)
21. Mulve – The Nightmare-Scenario Music Downloading Tool (September)
22. Demonoid Faces Major Downtime Once Again (April))
23. Rapidshare Terminates Accounts of Copyright Infringers (March)
24. US Lawmakers Want to Quash Pirate Websites (September)
25. RIAA Wins Big Against File-Sharer, $1.5M for 24 Songs (November)