BitTorrent’s Future? DHT, PEX and Magnet Links Explained

This week The Pirate Bay confirmed it would shut down its tracker for good, instead encouraging the use of DHT, PEX and magnet links. This move confounded many BitTorrent enthusiasts, who although wishing to adapt, were confronted with hard to grasp terminology and technology. Time for some explaining.

UK Anti-Piracy Plans Slammed By Liberal Democrats

Details of Lord Mandelson's draconian pro-copyright plans contained in the Digital Economy Bill leaked out yesterday, provoking a wave of dissent. The Liberal Democrats have now made a statement, voicing dismay at this "utterly shameless" attempt to introduce major rules without proper Commons assessment.

UK’s Terrifying Anti-Piracy Plans Leak

Tomorrow morning Lord Mandelson will present the Digital Economy Bill to the public, which among other things is aimed at reducing illicit file-sharing. According to parts of the bill that leaked today, the legislation could lead to jail terms for file-sharers and unprecedented power for the entertainment industries.

AFACT v iiNet: Tiny Bits of BitTorrent Transfers Aren’t Illegal

iiNet’s chief barrister argued today that there is insufficient evidence to show that when customers shared movies using BitTorrent, they shared "substantial parts" of said material, an essential requirement for proving infringement. Furthermore, in order to verify AFACT claims, iiNet itself would have to infringe copyright.

Mininova Breaks 10 Billion Torrent Downloads

Despite negative court verdicts against the two leading torrent sites, the BitTorrent popularity surge is still underway judging from ever increasing download figures. Mininova, the most visited BitTorrent indexer, broke an impressive record today. Since its inception, the site has served a dazzling 10 billion torrent downloads.

Hollywood Takes OpenBitTorrent’s ISP to Court

The Swedish hosting provider Portlane is being sued by several Hollywood movie studios for hosting the standalone BitTorrent tracker, OpenBitTorrent. The movie studios are claiming that OpenBitTorrent is a re-branded copy of The Pirate Bay tracker that shut down yesterday.

Pirate Bay Ship Hijackers Let Logo Hostage Go

After discovering the Pirate Bay logo hadn't been registered with the patent office, a Swedish company took the opportunity to claim it as their own in order to commercially exploit it. After bloodless negotiations, the company now seems prepared to play nice and let their application slide. But they don't go away empty-handed.

Trackon, The BitTorrent Tracker Tracker

If you have ever used a public or open tracker, you know that reliability often comes with a half-hearted smile - trackers can go offline and return again, often without explanation or warning. To help keep track of the status of public trackers, there's now Trackon, the BitTorrent Tracker Tracker.