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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

An economist known for sticking pins in big content's dire warnings about file sharing has produced a new study suggesting that BitTorrent's impact on movie revenues is small and sometimes even positive. Koleman Strumpf, who has taken the adding machine to RIAA and MPAA claims of monetary loss since the heyday of Kazaa, has …

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

High Court orders dished out to telcos in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union demanding that they block access to sites serving pirated content have helped to decrease access to BitTorrent trackers, a music industry body has claimed. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its annual report …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2014

Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

Two ISPs in The Netherlands have overturned a court order that forced them to block access to BitTorrent search engine the Pirate Bay. Internet providers in the Euro nation were told by a district judge in 2012 to seal off the website from their customers, at the request of anti-piracy campaigners. Two ISPs, Ziggo and XS4All …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2014
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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

Infamous file-sharing-network search engine The Pirate Bay is at work on new software that's designed to help it evade state-imposed internet censorship, sources claim. According to an article on file-sharing blog TorrentFreak, the notorious torrent-mongers are developing a client that will create a distributed, peer-to-peer …
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Pirate Bay ties up in Peru

Notorious bittorrent tracker The Pirate Bay has moved again, taking up residence in Peru. Previously housed in the .ac domain assigned to Ascension Island, the service has moved itself to the .pe namespace. As ever, there's some obfuscation going on here, as the IP address associated with the site – 194.71.107.27 – is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013

Netflix, YouTube video killed the BitTorrent star? Duo gobble web traffic

Streaming video now makes up more than half of internet traffic in North America as more and more internet users shun filesharing sites. Netflix and YouTube now account for the lion's share of all online traffic, according to the Global Internet Phenomena Report by Sandvine (PDF - you need to register). Netflix is top, with …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Nov 2013
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BitTorrent awarded distributed storage patent

BitTorrent has been awarded a patent for something called “Distributed storage of recoverable data”. Available here, the patent is described as “A system, method, and computer program product replace a failed node storing data relating to a portion of a data file.” The invention seems to resemble something an awful lot like …

Torrent site isoHunt to close

BitTorrent index isoHunt.com will close next week after it agreed to a settlement the terms of which say it must “permanently cease and desist from directly or indirectly operating or supporting any part of the 'ISOhunt' system”. The site has fought lengthy legal disputes with Big Content, which accused it of facilitating …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
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London plod plonks, er, pull request on EasyDNS

Hosting outfit EasyDNS has gone public with a takedown request issued not by a court, but from the City of London Police. The domain being targeted by the plods is Torrentpond.com, which is registered in Singapore and whose address, 91.213.8.186, is in a block belonging to Hosting Solutions in the Commonwealth of Dominica. …
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BitTorrent trialling P2P secure messaging

BitTorrent wants to (a) take another step towards either respectability, or (b) take itself further outside the mainstream by defying Uncle Sam (take your pick), announcing that it's trialling a secure, serverless messaging application. The P2P messaging system is taking alpha sign-ons now, here. The idea is that if messages …
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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

British private BitTorrent site thebox.bz has decided to close its doors. The site specialised in television shows from the United Kingdom and advises it will disappear as of September first, with the following message to members posted to numerous torrenting fora: “It is with great sadness that we must announce the closure …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2013
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BitTorrent's share 'n' sync tool comes to Android

BitTorrent's share 'n' sync tool, the prosaically-named BitTorrent Sync, has emerged from Alpha testing and is now yours to wield on the desktop and Android devices. There's nothing new in features that allow access from those two classes of device, and not much in BitTorrent Sync that makes it stand out from Dropbox and its …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2013
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AT&T patents P2P content tracking system

AT&T says it has developed the ability to accurately track content being shared by P2P file-sharing networks like BitTorrent, and has received a patent for the technique. According to the patent filing, “the method monitors a number of times each content title of a plurality of content titles are downloaded in the peer-to-peer …
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Pirate Bay cofounder to run for European Parliament

Peter Sunde, one of four cofounders of notorious BitTorrent search site The Pirate Bay, says he plans to run in next year's European Parliament elections, despite his impending incarceration for copyright violation. Sunde, along with partners Carl Lundström, Frederik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, were convicted of " …
Neil McAllister, 16 May 2013
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BitTorrent goes straight (to email hell) with 'Bundles'

BitTorren's ongoing efforts to convince the world it's not just a tool for evil have produced “Bundles”, a “new type of torrent file where fan interaction, like email collection or donation, happens inside the torrent.” BitTorrent says Bundles can make “every single piece of content could function as a flyer, and a standalone …

Boffins strap turbocharger to BitTorrent

Cue a new round of fast-network scare-mongering from the world's content owners: a group of information theorists from the US, France and Finland believe that with a bit of tweaking, P2P networks can become even more efficient. In fact, if their maths is correct – and their ideas could be deployed on a large scale – their …
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BitTorrent offers file sync tool for PCs and NAS

BitTorrent has opened the Alpha testing program for its new BitTorrent Sync tool to all. Announced last January but only available to a select few, BitTorrent Sync looks a bit like the numerous DropBox-without-the-cloud-in-the-middle contenders inasmuch as it lets you set up a source of data, then involve trusted third parties …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2013
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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

T-Mobile UK can no longer describe its "Full Monty" mobile broadband tariff as "unlimited", thanks to a ruling by the advertising watchdog. And all because the network operator slowed down BitTorrent traffic during the day. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has decreed that "unlimited" can legitimately be applied to …
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2013

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