How and Why BitTorrent Works, a Visualization

Millions of people use BitTorrent to share files every day, but only a small percentage actually understand how BitTorrent works and appreciate why it is such an efficient way to share large files. A simplified but insightful visualization helps to shed some light on the inner workings of the BitTorrent client.

Illicit File-Sharing and Streaming of TV Shows Increases

A new report by a consultancy firm specializing in analyzing consumer consumption of digital media reveals that during the last quarter of 2009, increasing numbers of Swedes accessed unauthorized movies and TV shows online. The research indicates that the downward trend provoked by the introduction of the IPRED legislation is over.

Blocked Pirate Bay Users Flock to Other Torrent Sites

Last week an Italian court ruled that ISPs should block access to The Pirate Bay. A few days later this block was enforced, but it is doubtful that the blockade will affect the piracy rate at all since other torrent sites are experiencing a massive increase in Italian visitors.

Three Arrested As Police Swoop on Rapidshare Link Forum

An Internet forum which provided links to movies and TV shows hosted on sites such as Rapidshare has been raided by police. Following an anti-piracy group investigation, three alleged operators of the 30,000 member site were arrested, two of which were teenagers. Searches were carried out on members in three other locations.

KickassTorrents Reveals BitTorrent Search Trends

The up and coming torrent indexer KickassTorrents has launched a new search trends feature. Users can use it to browse through the most popular search phrases for any given day or month to find out what's wanted by other BitTorrent users. Some interesting trends and old habits are revealed by the new feature.

Pirate Bay Uploader Raided By Anti-Piracy Group

A Pirate Bay user in his 20's who uploaded a screener copy of a movie has been tracked down and raided by the same anti-piracy group that recently shut down the EliteBits BitTorrent tracker. Although the man seems to have uploaded only four movies, the group is labeling him "a big fish".

MooZar Aims To Turn Pirates Into Paying Customers

The operators of MooZar, a new service set to launch at the end of February, believe they have the solution to the file-sharing piracy 'problem'. Illicit downloaders can apparently go to their site, pay some money and feel happy in the knowledge that they've supported the artist. Controversially, there are suggestions they won't get sued either.