Items tagged with BitTorrent

The impact of piracy on the music business has been studied in detail, but the relationship between illegal downloads and film revenue hasn't been explored to nearly the same degree. A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and Wellesely College has examined the impact of BitTorrent on domestic and foreign ticket sales and come back with some interesting conclusions. The results of the study are being somewhat erroneously reported as "Piracy doesn't hurt the movie industry" but the truth is rather more nuanced. What the researchers found was that in the US, the drop-off in movie... Read more...
When an advance copy of Crysis 2 leaked to the Internet a full month before the game's scheduled release, Crytek and Electronic Arts (EA) were understandably miffed and, as it turns out, justified in their fears of mass piracy. As 2011 comes to a close, Crysis 2 holds rank as the most pirated game of the year on any platform, according to data released by TorrentFreak. Crysis 2 was illegally download on the PC platform 3,920,000 times, 'beating out' Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with 3,650,000 illegal downloads. Numbers like these don't bode well for PC gamers and will only serve to encourage... Read more...
The Pirate Bay, despite its legal ups and downs, remains one of the most infamous BitTorrent sites around. Those involved in TPB may be on the cusp on introducing something new, something they say the music industry should fear. For years, The Pirate Bay has sat on a domain name, http://themusicbay.org. It's done nothing with it, although it originally planned to; right not it just directs users to The Pirate Bay. That may be changing soon, according to TorrentFreak, which spoke to a Pirate Bay insider. “The music industry can’t even imagine what we’re planning to roll out in... Read more...
This is what happens when you get press coverage for a product that does something that Apple doesn't want in the App Store: you get booted. IS Drive is being kicked out of the App Store, the developer, Derek Kepner, has Tweeted, saying: Just got a call from Apple. They're taking IS Drive down. I'm seeing what I can do. I have a feeling I won't be able to change their mind. Admittedly, we were among the sites that outed IS Drive as being BitTorrent enabled. As we noted previously, it wasn't a generalized BitTorrent app, but it does use BitTorrent capabilities to be an ImageShack Drive Client. While... Read more...
BitTorrent apps haven't made it into the App Store before, simply because Apple doesn't want anything even remotely connected to piracy in the store, despite the fact that BitTorrent has legitimate uses as well. According to TorrentFreak, one enterprising developer managed to sneak such an app in, by carefully omitting any mention of torrents. Of course, now that it's been outed, how long will it stay there? Apple's statement on its policy in the past has been: “Because this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish... Read more...
Tech savvy students living in the UK have an opportunity to pull in a pretty respectable part-time income and move up from dining on Ramen Noodles to fast food joints. All they have to do is snitch on their fellow classmates as part of Warner Bros.'s anti-piracy efforts.It's actually a little more involved in that and the qualifying candidate will have to possess a bit of IT know-how. The job description reads as follows:During the 12 month internship, duties will include: monitoring local Internet forums and IRC for pirated WB and NBCU content and in order to gather information on pirate sites,... Read more...
The Pirate Bay, the world's most notorious BitTorrent tracking site, has faced the brunt of legal battles of late. Specifically, this includes the founders of The Pirate Bay, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, as well as Carl Lundstrom, who provided financing, all of who were found guilty of facilitating copyright infringement. Now, however, it looks to go legit, as Swedish tech company Global Gaming Factory X said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to it for about $7.7 million. While an appeal has already been filed, The Pirate Bay hasn't been sitting still either, with... Read more...
Although it's still having trouble getting people to move from Office 2003 to Office 2007, Microsoft said a week ago at the TechEd conference that it would launch an invitation-only Technical Preview Program of the new Office in July. Never let that sort of thing stop BitTorrent downloaders, apparently. Leaked copies of the Technical Preview have reached P2P networks. Although the first information I received on this were from one site and one set of torrent links (remember that Office 2010 will come in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors), its hit more reputable (we know, we know, the RIAA would laugh over... Read more...
It only took a month after the fiasco that prevented the HADOPI legislation from passing for the French Assembly and Senate to regroup, and on Wednesday HADOPI, the "three strikes" anti-piracy legislation passed the French Senate.  It had passed the French National Assembly on Tuesday.The fiasco we reference above occurred when overconfidence set in, and only a few MPs showed up for the April vote on the same legislation.  It was defeated in the Assembly then 21 - 15, though it passed on Tuesday 296 - 233.  Yes, just a few people missed that April vote, you can obviously see.In Wednesday's... Read more...
While The Pirate Bay is perhaps the best known of all the BitTorrent tracking sites, Mininova, based in The Netherlands, is the biggest. And like The Pirate Bay, it's facing litigation. Now just a few days before their court appearance (May 20th), Mininova has started to filter content. The site is using a third party content recognition system that will detect and remove torrent files that link to copyright infringing files, as well as prevent them from being re-uploaded later. This is precisely the type of filtering that BREIN, a Netherlands anti-piracy group is trying to force Mininova to do... Read more...
Judges are expected to recuse themselves in the event of a conflict of interest, and this is the basis of attorney Peter Althin's filing for a new trial. Althin represents one of The Pirate Bay founders, Peter Sunde. Althin told the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter: "In my appeal, I will urge that the verdict of the district court will be obviated due to conflict of interest."What's up in the case? It turns out that Tomas Norstrom, the Stockholm District Court Judge who found the popular BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay guilty of facilitating copyright infringement, is a member of... Read more...
Citing a new (?), voluntary Code of Practice, mobile broadband providers in the U.K. are blocking access to The Pirate Bay. But the Code of Practice has been around since 2004 (according to the date on the PDF file), so why start blocking now? Answer: the verdict against The Pirate Bay from last Friday, obviously. Why block period? It seems related to the large (ahem) amount of porn available via torrents hosted on the site. Using BT as an example, users see the following when trying to surf to The Pirate Bay: "This uses a barring and filtering mechanism to restrict access to all WAP and internet... Read more...
No time wasted here. The Pirate Bay has announced on their website that only days after a guilty verdict in their copyright infringement case, they have filed an appeal. Last Friday, the founders of The Pirate Bay, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, as well as Carl Lundstrom, who provided financing, were each sentenced to a year in prison. The four was also ordered to pay $3.6 million each in damages to entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., MGM, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI, and Activision. Big media was pleased, but protests were held in Sweden over... Read more...
Hundreds of protesters demonstrated on Saturday following Friday's conviction by a Swedish court of key members of the BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay. The founders of The Pirate Bay, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, as well as Carl Lundstrom, who provided financing, were each sentenced to a year in prison and were also each ordered to pay $3.6 million in damages to leading entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., MGM , Columbia Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI, Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, and Activision. The protests,... Read more...
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