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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, organized by The Pirate Party, were held in in Stockholm, Goteborg, Karlstad and Lund and were organized... Read more...
It's been some time since we've heard from Iomega, but it's good to see the company is still looking out for its customers. Today, said outfit has announced a smattering of new features for its popular StorCenter ix2 NAS, making the purchase you've already made that much more valuable. And if you didn't take the hint, all of the new functionality is being provided gratis.In short, here's what has been added:Remote Access: ix2 users can now connect to their pictures, videos and other files from anywhere in the world - as though they were sitting at their workstation or home computer. The process is simple: enter a personalized web address into any browser and the user will be easily and securely... Read more...
The Norwegian Broadcast Corporation (NRK), which previously tried --- and failed --- to bring the Beatles to the Web, has set up its own BitTorrent tracker to distribute their TV-shows. Acknowledging what many already know, that P2P technology has valid uses (besides the obvious illegal ones), NRK announced the tracker on its own website. For its tracker, NRK has chosen the Opentracker software currently favored by (heh, heh) The Pirate Bay. NRK stated that one of the reasons for their own tracker is so they can gather more data on their viewers downloading habits. However, it's also because traditional downloading services pounded their servers. NRK is license funded and aims to reach their... Read more...
According to BitTorrent news site, TorrentFreak, at any given moment, nearly half of all active BitTorrent users are downloading pirated TV shows. TorrentFreak estimates that one of the most popular TV shows, Lost, garners "close to 10 million downloads per episode." According to the Nielsen TV ratings for last week, the two-hour series finale of Lost had 12.3 million broadcast TV viewers. This means that almost as many people are downloading the show as are watching it when it originally airs."People are getting used to on-demand content. They simply want to watch their favorite shows whenever they want, wherever they want. To give some more insight into this growing phenomenon, and because... Read more...
Comcast customers are still waiting for the nation’s largest broadband provider to make good on their promise to stop throttling BitTorrent traffic according to a recent survey:The Max Planck Institute tested the connections of 788 Comcast customers, 494 (62%) experienced a slowdown of BitTorrent traffic. Comcast is not alone though, well over 50% of the Cox subscribers that participated in the study were also throttled. The good news is, other ISPs don’t seem to restrict BitTorrent traffic on a wide scale.Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, said in a response: “Consumers have no reason left to trust their cable company. This independent study confirms that Comcast is still blocking its... Read more...
Potential throttling of BitTorrent traffic by major ISPs, such as Comcast and AT&T, means that your Internet access could be affected. It's not just the downloading of illegal movies and applications that utilizes BitTorrent traffic; there is plenty of legitimate BitTorrent traffic out there as well, such as Valve's Steam game distribution platform. Some legitimate Steam users have reported interference from ISPs.While the government investigates and contemplates enacting net neutrally legislation, what is a broadband user to do? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems have created a couple of tools for detecting if an ISP is manipulating BitTorrent traffic. They call... Read more...
Ah yes, the good news is they are collaborating. The bad news is ... wait for it ... The deal comes as BitTorrent, which became known for developing software technology widely used to illegally share files, is trying to reinvent itself. The companies are in talks to collaborate on ways to run BitTorrent's technology more smoothly on Comcast's broadband network, and allow Comcast to transport video files more effectively over its own network in the future, said Tony Warner, Comcast's chief technology officer. Comcast and BitTorrent have been at odds since the cable operator said it was delaying traffic from BitTorrent at peak times. Legislators and some advocacy groups argued that Comcast's efforts... Read more...
It'll be a cold day in ... well, you know where before this happens in the U.S.  Or will it? Following closely on the heels of Norway, Canada's public broadcasting service is adopting DRM-free BitTorrent distribution for a major prime-time show.On March 24, CBC will use BitTorrent to distribute this year's broadcast of Canada's Next Great Prime Minister. This will make Canada the first country in North America to release high-quality, DRM-free copies of a prime-time show using the popular P2P file-sharing technology.Canada's Next Great Prime Minister, an annual competition in which young adults propose ways to improve the country in hopes of winning 50,000 Canadian dollars, attracted more... Read more...
Comcast has drawn a lot of attention to itself since it decided to throttle BitTorrent traffic, and most of it negative.  Customers complained to anyone who would listen, and one of those was the FCC and another may just be House Internet Subcommittee Chair, (D) Rep. Ed Markey:“This time, the Federal Communications Commission will depart its headquarters just off the National Mall in Washington and head north to a courtroom on Harvard Law School's campus in Cambridge, Mass. (The FCC wouldn't comment on why the site was selected, but Boston is the home turf of Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, who chairs a House Internet subcommittee.)The hearing, which will be open to the public on a first-come,... Read more...
Today Comcast today responded to reports by the blog Torrentfreak, which we posted a few days ago.   In that article, it was reported that users were experiencing slowdowns and even dropped transfers, and that Comcast was the culprit. Over the past few days, these claims have been widely circulated throughout the Web. But when I spoke to Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas earlier today, he flat-out denied that the company was filtering or "shaping" any traffic on its network. He said the company doesn't actively look at the applications or content that its customers download over the network. But Comcast does reserve the right to cut off service to customers who abuse the network by using... Read more...
Comcast users who have recently reported that their download speeds have dropped and/or their inability to seed has started making waves, after all, Comcast is a major player in the broadband arena.It is no surprise then, that Comcast is now officially doing something about piracy: they’re throttling BitTorrent activity on their own network. “ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for almost two years now. Most ISPs simply limit the available bandwidth for BitTorrent traffic, but Comcast takes it one step further, and prevents their customers from seeding. And Comcast is not alone in this, Canadian ISPs Cogeco and Rogers use similar methods on a smaller scale.Unfortunately, these more... Read more...
BitTorrent, the peer to peer file sharing giant, is launching a download service that offers licensed, legitimate versions of TV and movie downloads. Cue the mass hysteria. The San Francisco-based company is betting that at least one-third of the 135 million people who have downloaded the BitTorrent software will be willing to pay for high-quality legitimate content rather than take their chances with pirated fare. "The vast majority of our audience just loves digital content," Ashwin Navin, president and co-founder of BitTorrent, told The Associated Press. "Now we have to program for that audience and create a better experience for that content... Read more...
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