All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘BitTorrent’

Pirate Pay Aims To Kill Sharing Over BitTorrent

You’re not misreading that headline, there is a new company called “Pirate Pay.” It’s not some kind of illegal service that offers to pay people for the amount of content they pirate, but rather aims to kill piracy on the Internet. Pirate Pay is a Russia-based company that has one simple goal – to kill torrents. It’s actually not as …

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‘Game of Thrones’ Draws Torrent Piracy

As Forbes’ Andy Greenberg is reporting, HBO’s Game of Thrones is a huge hit in the file-sharing community, and is on track to be the most downloaded show of 2012. Accorrding to BitTorrent-tracking and analysis firm Big Champagne, the second season of the shaow has been downloaded more than 25 million times last month. Downloading peaked after April 30th’s episode, …

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New Lawsuit Targets More Hurt Locker Downloaders

If you downloaded the Academy-Award-winning film The Hurt Locker in the past two years, things are really turning out to be a hassle for you. That’s because Voltage Pictures, makers of the film, keep going after BitTorrent users. According to court documents obtained by TorrentFreak, Voltage Pictures is back and ready to sue 2.514 more people, adding to their already-record-setting …

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Movie Studios Lose Appeal in Aussie ISP Piracy Case

The High Court of Australia has soundly rejected the notion that internet service providers (ISP’s) are responsible for their subscribers’ copyright violations. In a unanimous decision by the seven justices of the High Court, the case brought by several Hollywood studios against an Australian ISP for its user’s piracy was dismissed. The case had previously been dismissed by a lower …

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CA Court Won’t Help Copyright Holders ID BitTorrent Users

The District Court for the Northern District of California today ruled against copyright holders, saying that it will not assist them to identify BitTorrent users. The copyright holder, Hard Drive Productions, purveyors of online pornography, filed a suit against multiple people, named as John Does 1 through 90 in the suit, for illegally sharing files without the studio’s authorization. Hard …

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uTorrent Android App In The Works

Android users may very well be seeding and leeching right from their mobile devices pretty soon. TorrentFreak is reporting that the uTorrent dev team is currently working on a uTorrent app for Android. uTorrent owners BitTorrent Inc. had little to say about the upcoming app – only that it’s in the works and they don’t have any more to say …

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Study: Piracy Does Not Harm U.S. Box Office Sales

Despite the claims of the MPAA and other supporters of SOPA and PIPA, file-sharing does not negatively impact box office sales in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by economists from Wellesley College and the University of Minnesota. The focus of the study is on lag times between U.S. release and foreign release. The study found that longer …

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Now You Can Carry The Pirate Bay In Your Pocket

Last month we brought you news that controversial torrent hosting site The Pirate Bay was beginning a transition away from .torrent files in order to host Magnet links, which are both harder to block and require less bandwidth and server space than .torrent files. In that story it was reported that the switch to Magnet links would allow the entirety …

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Tribler Aims To Circumvent Anti-Piracy Efforts

The ongoing battle over legislation like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA has focused on blocking access to sites like The Pirate Bay and others that provide centralized access to torrent files for users who want to download content. In the midst of all this sturm und drang, however, the makers of one torrent client have been quietly working to make such …

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BTJunkie Shuts Down Over Fears Of Legal Action

The aggressive pursuit of “rogue” Web sites by the U.S. government has caused another casualty – it was just self inflicted this time. BTJunkie, one of the top five torrent sites since 2005, has shut down for good. The reasoning behind the shut down are mostly due to the legal scare caused by the shutdown of MegaUpload and other file …

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BitTorrent Testing Peer-To-Peer Video Streaming

BitTorrent changed the way we shared information. Now they’re changing the way we stream information. BitTorrent in association with Dean Guitars will be live streaming NAMM Jam this Friday night from 6:45 p.m. to midnight. The live stream will be using BitTorrent’s new protocol that allows the duties of sharing the stream data among all those watching, just like the …

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The Pirate Bay Stops Hosting Torrent Files

The Pirate Bay has announced that they will no longer offer torrent files for download on their site. Anti-piracy advocates should not get too excited, though: they are replacing the torrent files with Magnet links. This format is considerably more difficult to block than .torrent files, and the links require significantly less storage space, meaning that the entire Pirate Bay …

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