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BitTorrent

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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