BitTorrent archive

  • BitTorrent Bundle could stop 'torrent' being such a dirty word
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    BitTorrent Bundle could stop 'torrent' being such a dirty word

    By 12 September 2013

    While "torrent" is now considered a word associated with digital theft online, that may be about to change thanks to BitTorrent Bundle. Bundle was started as an Alpha project in May with the hopes of building a better distribution platform along with...

  • Pirate ordered to pay $1.5 million for illegally sharing porn movies
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    Pirate ordered to pay $1.5 million for illegally sharing porn movies

    By 2 November 2012

    US BitTorrent user Kywan Fisher has been ordered to pay $1,500,000 in damages to adult entertainment company Flava Works for illegally sharing 10 of the company's movies. It's the largest award handed out in a US case to date. The defendant was accused...

  • Pirates buy more music online than non-file-sharers
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    Pirates buy more music online than non-file-sharers

    By 16 October 2012

    An in-depth study into music libraries held by both illegal file-sharers and non-sharing peers has found that those who download copyrighted material for free are also likely to buy more content online. It has long been argued by organisations such as...

  • Virgin Media introduces broadband caps on all packages, should only affect heavy P2P users
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    Virgin Media introduces broadband caps on all packages, should only affect heavy P2P users

    By 5 April 2012

    There was a time when broadband from Virgin Media was uncapped, if you had the top-tier package. But the times, they are a-changing - the company is now introducing some modest capping on lines that have a very high rate of P2P use. This, the company...

  • Pirate Bay Supreme Court appeal denied - prison ahoy!
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    Pirate Bay Supreme Court appeal denied - prison ahoy!

    By 1 February 2012

    The founders of Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström, have failed in a new attempt to have their jail sentences for criminal copyright infringement offences overturned. Sweden's Supreme Court will not grant them...

  • Super 8 pirate rip traced back to Howard Stern?
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    Super 8 pirate rip traced back to Howard Stern?

    By 8 August 2011

    A DVD screener of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' Super 8 has started to appear on the 'net, which may not come as a surprise to many. However, what does is that the ripped pirate version of the film, seems to have the name of the source stamped all...

  • Torrent honeytraps set up to lure pirates into lawsuits
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    Torrent honeytraps set up to lure pirates into lawsuits

    By 3 June 2011

    Last week, Pocket-lint brought you the news that the maker of The Hurt Locker has filed lawsuits against a record 24,583 people who, it claims, have infringed its copyright by downloading illegal copies of the movie. And that Voltage Pictures is seeking...

  • Hurt Locker chiefs gun for 24,583 file sharers in record breaking lawsuit
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    Hurt Locker chiefs gun for 24,583 file sharers in record breaking lawsuit

    By 24 May 2011

    Makers of The Hurt Locker have broken a world record by filing lawsuits against 24,583 torrent site users for copyright theft. However, it could take up to a decade to find out the personal information of all of those sued. Voltage Pictures has added...

  • Copyright malware appears on Bittorrent
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    Copyright malware appears on Bittorrent

    By 13 April 2010

    A nasty bit of malware is reportedly doing the rounds in the BitTorrent community, taking the form of a fake copyright violation notice that demands cash in exchange for the user not being sued. It directs users to the ICCP Foundation, whose website is...

  • uTorrent gets video streaming functionality
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    uTorrent gets video streaming functionality

    By 18 December 2009

    Popular BitTorrent client uTorrent has added a new bit of functionality that'll likely make filesharers very happy indeed. You can begin streaming video before it's finished downloading. Plenty of people use BitTorrent to watch television shows from the...

  • Demonoid returns to the web
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    Demonoid returns to the web

    By 14 December 2009

    Back in September, after suffering massive hardware issues, Bittorrent tracker Demonoid went down. But now, the site suddenly appears to be back online, accepting logins from registered users. An announcement on the front page reads: "Hello! We are currently...

  • Bittorrent protocol gets anti-throttling update
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    Bittorrent protocol gets anti-throttling update

    By 2 November 2009

    A new version of the Bittorrent protocol is about to launch. Bittorrent is a distribution technique for online content that's used heavily by both legitimate software publishers (like Activision Blizzard) and illicit file sharing sites (like the Pirate...

  • FlashForward proves a hit on BitTorrent
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    FlashForward proves a hit on BitTorrent

    By 25 September 2009

    FlashForward, a television show just launched in the US from the creators of Lost and based on the book by Robert J Sawyer, has proved a surprise hit on filesharing websites. At the time of writing, Mininova and the Pirate Bay are both displaying nearly...

  • Piracy kiosk set up in Weimar, Germany
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    Piracy kiosk set up in Weimar, Germany

    By 15 September 2009

    Since the imminent closure of the Pirate Bay in its current form was announced, many have attempted to scrape the site of its contents to rebuild it elsewhere on the Web. However, one group of German fans of the filesharing site took it one step further....

  • Apple rejects uTorrent monitor app
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    Apple rejects uTorrent monitor app

    By 2 September 2009

    Apple has rejected an application that would allow users to control their Bittorrent downloads on their home computer from their iPhone. The reason? Because Bittorrent is "often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights". Developer Claudio...

  • Radiohead embraces torrents for music distribution
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    Radiohead embraces torrents for music distribution

    By 17 August 2009

    Late last week, a new Radiohead song leaked onto the web called "These Are My Twisted Words". Today, the band officially announced the song on their "Dead Air Space" blog, which came with not only a link to the band's official web store W.A.S.T.E., but...

  • Illegal file-sharing drops dramatically
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    Illegal file-sharing drops dramatically

    By 13 July 2009

    A survey of 1000 teenagers, undertaken in January this year, has shown that only 26% admit file-sharing at least once a month, compared to 42% in December 2007. Meanwhile, 65% of teens stream music regularly, with 31% of 14-18-year-olds listening to streaming...

  • OpenBitTorrent launches, aims at Pirate Bay refugees
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    OpenBitTorrent launches, aims at Pirate Bay refugees

    By 6 July 2009

    Since the Pirate Bay announced that it was selling out, many in the Bittorrent community have predicted the death of the filesharing community. Many others however, confidently predicted that the masses would just move to another tracker, as they did...

  • Bittorrent users vow to go underground
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    Bittorrent users vow to go underground

    By 23 June 2009

    Filesharing news site Torrentfreak has announced the results of a poll that suggests that 41% of P2P users would "take steps to hide their identity" if they received a warning letter from an ISP. 38% said they'd ignore the warning, but carry on with more...

  • BitBlinder promises free, anonymous Bittorrent
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    BitBlinder promises free, anonymous Bittorrent

    By 12 June 2009

    Until now, it was difficult to completely anonymise your browsing and filesharing habits. VPN services were available for a small fee each month, but most people rely on the sheer volume of filesharing traffic to keep themselves relatively anonymous in...

  • Pirate Bay sued
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    Pirate Bay sued

    By 8 May 2008

    The Motion Picture Association has filed a copyright infringement case against the people behind Pirate Bay for SEK93 million (£7.9 million). According to reports online, the claim focuses on "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", "The Pink Panther",...

  • BitTorrent's legitimate download site to launch today
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    BitTorrent's legitimate download site to launch today

    By 26 February 2007

    BitTorrent is scheduled to become legit today as it launches its new pay-per-movie download site. The BitTorrent Entertainment Network has not yet gone live, as there is a holding page up right now. It will offer films and TV shows from Fox, Warner Bros,...

  • BitTorrent signs content deals with Paramount and Fox
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    BitTorrent signs content deals with Paramount and Fox

    By 29 November 2006

    BitTorrent is going fully legit having signed deals with Paramount and Fox to distribute videos for them this spring. Set for launch in February, BitTorrent's new video store will offer content for a fee from Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and Fox, as...

  • BitTorrent software to be embedded in routers and servers
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    BitTorrent software to be embedded in routers and servers

    By 23 October 2006

    P2P file sharing client BitTorrent has announced that its technology is to be embedded into nine new consumer routers to make file sharing easier. Asus, Planex, and QNAP are the first three manufacturers to announce their plans to embed the download manager...

  • Warner Bros to offer movie downloads via BitTorrent
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    Warner Bros to offer movie downloads via BitTorrent

    By 9 May 2006

    It used to be the enemy of Hollywood, now BitTorrent is to become its saviour but today, BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer technology that allows the quick distribution of large files has turned good. Warner Bros has today announced an agreement with BitTorrent...