Stanford University Embraces BitTorrent

While some universities restrict the use of BitTorrent clients, others embrace the popular flilesharing protocol and use it to spread knowledge. Stanford University is one of the few to realize that BitTorrent does not equal piracy. They use BitTorrent to give away some of their engineering courses, with some success.

New Zealand First to Adopt 3-Strikes Law for Pirates

New Zealand is known for sheep, rugby, and dramatic filming locations. However, it will also be known for being the first place in the world with a 3-strikes law for copyright infringement. The Copyright Amendment Act 2008 gained royal assent earlier this year, and goes into effect at the end…

Sweet, BitTorrent Users – Pirate My Book Please!

Dan Morrill, Program Director at City University of Seattle, who has appeared in previous TorrentFreak articles, has written a book entitled "Selling Books On Amazon, Tips and Secrets". In true BitTorrent style, he's not selling his work, but asking people to please pirate it, courtesy of Mininova's CDN.

Anti-Pirates Wipe Out Movie and TV ‘Fansub’ Sites

This week many sites offering homemade Greek subtitles received legal threats from an organization representing the TV and movie industries. Very quickly, fansub sites closed down or removed access to subtitles, leaving thousands of Greek file-sharers quite literally in a position of not understanding what is going on.

DistriBrute: P2P Powered Desktop Deployment

Keeping large networks up to date can be a costly practice. Large corporations or government institutions often need dozens, if not hundreds of servers to distribute updates and patches, for which they pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. With DistriBrute, the first P2P based desktop deployment product, this…

The Pirate Bay Removes Fake Trackers from Torrents

In an attempt to make BitTorrent more secure, and to reduce some of the load on their own tracker, The Pirate Bay has started to remove all duplicate, dead and anti-pirate trackers from the torrents they host. These changes will improve the trackers' performance, and increase 'security' for its users.

Copyright Cops Target Kids’ Schools and Community Centers

The Performing Rights Society, the UK outfit collecting royalties for the music industry, seems it will stop at nothing as it demands money from small businesses, charities, playschools, and now, kids' community centers, all so that they can listen to music without fear of prosecution.

Donate Your Piracy Savings to Reduce Poverty

If the MPAA and RIAA are to be believed, rather than buying media, file-sharers around the world are saving billions of dollars by downloading copyrighted material instead. For these people, we now have the ultimate solution to salve their 'guilt'. Donate a week in piracy 'savings' to reduce poverty among…