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  1. Fantastic! BBC Puts Doctor Who Up For Download On BitTorrent

    I thought the Doctor was afraid of being turned into wi-fi.

    As of this past March 26th, it’s been ten years since Christopher Eccleston’s goofy smile first graced our television sets, ushering in a new era of Doctor Who. To mark the occasion, the BBC has reached a deal with none other than BitTorrent to put select episodes of Doctor Who up for download.

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  2. The Pirate Bay Is Back From the Dead Again, but Piracy Barely Noticed It Was Gone

    If you build it, they will share it.

    Despite one of its co-founders openly hoping that it would stay dead forever, notorious torrent sharing site The Pirate Bay has been resurrected by... another torrent sharing site. Piracy, uh, finds a way.

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  3. BitTorrent Made a Cloud Storage Alternative That Doesn’t Store Things in the Cloud

    I've come to love Dropbox. I use a few different computers day to day, and it's nice to have a way to sync files between them easily. Not everyone loves that Dropbox stores your files on their servers, but there hasn't really been a non-cloud solution to file syncing until now. BitTorrent just launched their Sync app to the public, and it works similarly to services like Dropbox, but without using cloud storage.

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  4. Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere Sets Piracy Records, HBO Doesn’t Care

    Two big things happened on Easter a few days ago: The Walking Dead season 3 finale and the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere aired at the same time. One of the two was exceptionally good and involved death, swinging blades, and beleaguered humanity, while the other broke a bunch of pirating records. Specifically, the Game of Thrones premiere was uploaded to the Internet and, within a few hours, a tracker reported 163,088 simultaneous downloads of a single torrent of the episode. People sure do like to not pay for things they love!

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  5. FBI Employees Apparently Big Fans of Piracy, Have Bad Taste in Television

    At this point, is anyone actually surprised to hear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been caught sharing copyrighted material via BitTorrent? Sure, they have that spiffy anti-piracy emblem, and are in general meant to enforce the law where piracy's concerned, but it certainly seems that pretty much everyone that says they want to stop piracy also has employees that pirate. So, yes, TorrentFreak has found evidence that IP addresses associated with the FBI were pirating, but what's more shocking is their taste in television. Homeland? Really?

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  6. Major Record Labels, Government Departments Caught Pirating Files on BitTorrent

    Yesterday, we reported that employees of several major movie studios were caught pirating files on BitTorrent. It seems Hollywood isn't alone in its do-as-we-say-not-as-we-do pirating ways. TorrentFreak since revealed that the Big Three music labels, as well as government agencies, and even foreign parliaments were caught red-handed using BitTorrent. This is a little like being told not to smoke by someone while they themselves are lighting a cigarette.

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  7. Hollywood Motion Picture Studios Caught Pirating Games, Movies, and Television Shows via BitTorrent

    The thought that motion picture studios, including members of the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, have been pirating content through the use of BitTorrent is one of those things that's long been suspected, and TorrentFreak reports that they now have proof. Specifically, they worked with BitTorrent monitors Scaneye to track down what IP addresses associated with the member studios of the MPAA have been illegally accessing, and the results were pretty much what you'd expect.

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  8. Copyright Troll Links to TorrentFreak in Legal Threat, Shenanigans Ensue

    It's fairly well-known that TorrentFreak is an excellent source for anything related to BitTorrent, copyright, and general piracy news. Due to this fact, it's understandable that any legal firm dealing with these issues would be familiar with it. Those that follow the site should know that TorrentFreak looks down on copyright trolls that send out mass notices. Prenda Law apparently didn't get the memo, as they've included a direct link to a TorrentFreak article in their latest legal threats. Well, TorrentFreak's responded by redirecting the link to a page on how to defend against such claims.

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  9. Christmas Comes Early: Demonoid’s BitTorrent Tracker Returns, Potentially Heralds Revival

    When Demonoid went down, there was little hope that it would return. Most former users were firmly entrenched in the doom and gloom camp, and considering the circumstances, they had every reason to feel that way. Those who've held on to hope might have cause to celebrate, however, as it appears the reports of Demonoid's death have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, Virginia, Demonoid's BitTorrent tracker lives once again, and that potentially means the website itself isn't far off.

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  10. BitTorrent Porn Pirate Slapped With Excessive $1.5 Million in Damages for Sharing 10 Movies

    The way in which damages are calculated in piracy cases has long been known to be ridiculously inflated, but that hasn't stopped them from being applied haphazardly. Media companies often try to through the book at any pirates they think they might actually win against. If they do win, they can then use the judgment like a cudgel in their continued attempts to cow other illegal downloaders into settling. For example, Flava Works, an adult entertainment company, has just been awarded a grand total of $1.5 million in damages from defendant Kywan Fisher. That's the maximum possible, and sets the record for largest damages ever awarded in a BitTorrent case.

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  11. Rutgers, NYU, and Houston Top University BitTorrent List

    College students are, by and large, very frugal people. Most of them don't have any money to spend on things like movies, music, or video games, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that a lot of them illegally download media online. Though universities are trying to crack down on students who steal copyrighted material, there's no way they can get everybody. Of course, some schools are worse than others. Torrent Freak put together a list of the 50 universities with the highest BitTorrent rates in the US.

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  12. For the First Time, BitTorrent Evidence Will be Tested in Court

    Frequently, when a copyright holder starts a BitTorrent-related lawsuit, they simply provide the IP address of the defendant and get a subpoena that allows them to obtain the identity of a supposed pirate. This method has allowed copyright holders to make very large sums of money without ever having to actually go to trial. However, a Judge Michael Baylson at the Pennsylvania District Court recently ruled that an IP address is not enough evidence to single out one person, as people not subscribed to the ISP in question could have gained access to said IP address.

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  13. Has Apple Lifted Their Ban on BitTorrent Apps?

    Apple has never seemed to be a fan of torrent apps. Back in 2010, reports began flying around the Internet that Apple approved a torrent app for their App Store. However, as quickly as it was approved, reports immediately followed that Apple booted the app from the store, enacting a ban on all torrent apps. Today, it turns out that two torrent apps have been made available on the Apple App Store. At the time of writing, they're still available, so does that mean Apple has lifted their App Store ban of torrent apps, thus joining the world as a somewhat normal computer company in 2012?

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  14. Study Vindicates Your Friend’s Paranoia, Finds Most BitTorrent Pirates Are Being Monitored

    Anyone that's used a BitTorrent client to illegally download music, movies, or really any popular media content at all might have already been tagged by a number of different monitoring firms. According to a study conducted by computer scientists at the University of Birmingham, popular torrents for things like recently released films are being constantly watched by several groups. Some of these trace back to known copyright enforcement elements, whilst others are hidden behind third-party hosting.

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  15. uTorrent Will Soon Have Ads in the Form of Sponsored Torrents

    It was quietly announced this past week that uTorrent, a torrent client owned in full by BitTorrent, would soon began to include sponsored torrents. The newest build will have a featured torrent on top of users' torrent lists. The post explains that they are attempting to make sure these are relevant to their users' interests, which has evoked further concerns about how exactly parent company BitTorrent intends on tracking their data to provide said relevance.

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  16. The Internet Archive Now Includes Thousands of Torrents

    The Internet Archive is basically a giant digital library on the Internet of anything and everything. Their archives include websites, films, music, books, and digitized materials in general. All of these are available for free public access. After finding something interesting, users can download the file to their computer for offline use. Due to the large nature of these files, however, it can be difficult to receive full ones with any regularity due to connection speed, interruptions, and so on. That's why the Internet Archive has announced they will now be offering much of their content via torrent.

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  17. Backed by Microsoft, Pirate Pay Wants to Make Pirates Pay

    Anyone that's spent time on the internet is fairly aware that piracy is a big deal to folks in places like, oh, Hollywood and anywhere else involved in the creation of media. In fact, anyone that's watched a movie at home has almost certainly noticed the disclaimers about potential fines and legal maneuvers related to the piracy of that material. Never fear, however, as Pirate Pay, backed by Microsoft, is looking to scramble pirates before they can get their sticky fingers on the goods.

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  18. Judge Throws Out Porno Company’s Attempt at Copyright Trolling

    When Hard Drive Productions went to court attempting to force ISPs to hand over identities of the people they accused of BitTorrenting their adult film Amateur Allure – Natalia they likely expected it would be a breeze. With the names in hand, Hard Drive would be free to pressure the individuals they claimed downloaded the film into a cash settlement as many media creators turned copyright trolls are wont to do. However, they met a major obstacle in the form of California Judge Howard R. Lloyd.

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  19. Study Shows That BitTorrent Piracy Doesn’t Affect U.S. Box Office Profits

    Ever since what seems like the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of widespread digital piracy, groups like the RIAA and MPAA have been projecting their losses by assuming that every illegal download was actually a legitimate purchase lost. While the problems behind that logic may be clear to you or me, the fallacy persists in a lot of anti-piracy arguments. A new study, Reel Piracy: The Effect of Online Film Piracy on International Box Office Sales, has shown that BitTorrent has not had any actual effect on U.S. box office earnings and that a large percentage of losses due to piracy abroad may, in fact, be the movie industry's own fault.

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  20. BitTorrent is Testing Out Peer-To-Peer Video Streaming

    Of course you know that BitTorrent is great for piracy not only because of the wide availability or torrents, but because the way in which BitTorrent operates means that no one is posting or downloading illegal files wholesale. But beyond all that, BitTorrent also has great practical applications when it comes to reducing the need for bandwidth by distributing the load among a network of users. It's this handy quality that BitTorrent is using to experiment with peer-to-peer video streaming.

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