TinySubs The First Real-Time Subtitles Search Engine

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In 2008 a trend was set by launching real-time torrent search engines. These sites became quite popular as they were able to search the well trusted torrent sources in real-time. Now, a few years later the idea has been picked up again, and used for another download related project; subtitles. BitTorrent users often try and […]

BitMate: A BitTorrent Client for Poor Bandwidth People

BitTorrent is an excellent tool for sharing large files online, which is why millions of people use it every day. In developing third world countries, however, BitTorrent usage falls far behind, mainly because the transfer speeds are not that great on low bandwidth connections. Thanks to a new BitTorrent client, funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department, this situation can look forward to positive change.

Swebits BitTorrent Tracker Shuts Down Following Uploader’s Arrest

Swebits, one of Sweden's largest BitTorrent communities, has ceased its activities with immediate effect. While the site's founders cite a DDoS attack, hardware problems and a lack of donations as the reason for the closure, the Swedish authorities and local anti-piracy outfit Antipiratbyran link it to the arrest of a prominent uploader a few days ago.

U.S. Government Targets Large BitTorrent Sites And Trackers

The US Government has classified some of the largest players in the BitTorrent scene as examples of sites which sustain global piracy. Indexing and search engines The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, isoHunt, Kickasstorrents and BTjunkie all make appearances, with Demonoid, OpenBitTorrent and PublicBT described as trackers which have become "notorious for infringing activities."

70% of the Public Finds Piracy Socially Acceptable

A recent study on moral standards and whether some law breaking is socially acceptable has revealed an interesting stance on file-sharing among the public. Of those questioned in the study, 70% said that downloading illicit material from the Internet is acceptable. Three out four, however, felt it was completely unacceptable to then sell that product for profit.

Chaos Computer Club Revive Famous BitTorrent Tracker

After a brief leave of absence, the famous Denis.Stalker BitTorrent tracker has returned under a new name. Worries about the recent US domain seizures has resulted in the move from a .com domain to that of the well respected hacker group Chaos Computer Club. Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is offering to reboot the new tracker by adding it to all their newly uploaded torrents.

Should Piracy Punishments Scale To The Quality Of The Copy?

In a case involving the administrator of a BitTorrent tracker this week, a judge felt that punishments should reduce if low quality movies were being shared. On the other hand the plaintiffs argued that since their product was being devalued with poor quality reproduction, compensation should actually increase. In a separate case in Argentina, seven pirates just walked because their copies were poor, and the public knew it.