PIA Running Traffic Through Second VPN to Avoid BitTorrent Ban

After a number of large datacentres are now banning heavy BitTorrent traffic on their networks, popular VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) has started routing its traffic through another VPN which, while slowing connection speeds, ensures its customers are not prevented from downloading torrents.

Many BitTorrent users implement VPN services to keep their downloading private and prevent their IP address from being tracked by ISPs or third-party copyright infringement enforcers. Since it is one of the few VPNs to not keep logs on its users, meaning there is no data to hand off if served with a warrant, PIA is a favourite amongst torrenters.

“Certain regimes/regions and data centers have strict discriminatory policies towards the BitTorrent protocol. In order to provide a free and open internet to everyone, we were forced to create a technical fix,” a PIA spokesperson told TorrentFreak.

PIA believes that its “double VPN” solution is the best compromise for its customers, as it does not require invasive techniques, such as DPI.

“Due to the fact that packets were routed in an unidentifiable manner and double hop is a known and accepted technology by privacy advocates, we believe this technical solution adheres to the strongest of privacy ideals,” the spokesperson said.

“We want to make clear, that privacy is in fact our single policy. However, in order to help our users who are censored in certain regions, we needed to find a way to provide close servers while still being able to provide users with true and free/open internet access,” they added. “This was our solution and we still think that using technology to create a solution is better than waiting for politicians to fix this problem.”

PIA has posted a full statement on the matter to its website.

Image courtesy of FreedomHacker.

Sony Pictures Considered Purchasing BitTorrent Inc

Sony Pictures seriously considered the acquisition of BitTorrent Inc. according to leaked presentation slides procured from TorrentFreak. The documentation shows Sony Pictures added BitTorrent Inc. to a shortlist alongside Netflix, TiVo, Vongo and Starz to help diversify their business. This strategy was outlined in 2006 and set aside $2-4 billion to acquire the business and offer video content through streaming technology. The idea was to integrate streaming capabilities into set-top boxes and Televisions. Sony also received information about BitTorrent’s plans to create a video store, but this never came to fruition.

Eventually, Sony dismissed the investment opportunity and purchased Grouper and a 25% stake in Starz Media. While BitTorrent can be used for legal activities such as downloading Linux distributions, it’s widely adopted as a means to acquire copyrighted material. On another note, Sony must be kicking themselves for missing out on the potential of Netflix which is arguably the future of video content. However, Netflix was still in its infancy at the time and didn’t provide any major streaming services.

The course of events is quite intriguing and emphasizes how different modern media could be if decisions were changed a few years ago. Whatever the case, it seems BitTorrent usage is still rife, and Sony could only dream of matching the popularity of Netflix.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

uTorrent Considers Charging Users

uTorrent, the most popular BitTorrent client in the world with 150 million monthly users, is looking into monetising its services. The free torrent client, which already carries advertisements and bundled software upon installation, could soon become a relic of the past.

“As you know, uTorrent is a free piece of software. To support it, we use bundled software and offers to offset the cost that would otherwise be paid directly by the user,” uTorrent wrote on its forum. “We’ve never been satisfied with this revenue model. It requires compromises that detract from a premium user experience. We want to find a model that adds value to our product and our users. We want to find a better way.”

Though uTorrent doesn’t go into detail regarding what these alternatives could be, it does hint that charging users could be an option, saying it plans to “Provide our users with clear options for supporting uTorrent (with options for every budget).”

While a subscription model for uTorrent could prove to be lucrative for the company, it also risks driving away customers to other free BitTorrent clients, such as Vuze, BitComet, or BitLord.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of The Verge.

Ashley Madison Hackers Leaving Behind Footprints

Hacking has been big news in recent years, with everyone from Sony to Apple having breaches and personal information released. The latest in this long stream of hacks is a website titled Ashley Madison. In case you aren’t familiar with this website here is what’s happened so far. The Ashley Madison site is a site designed for people to search for companions, no matter what their marital status. This has resulted in it being a site popular among those who are unfaithful for their partners, a problem for many given that to leave the site you are required to pay a £15 fee. In protest of this though they seem to have been hacked, and as a result, this information has since been released on the internet. Now for the fun parts.

In contrast to the initial “moral” stance taken, of which many suspected the reason the hacked data was made public was in order to force people to be faithful and honest with their partners and in protest to the leaving fee, it would appear that this data is now being used by criminals to extort the people who have had their data exposed online. Demanding roughly 1.0000001 bitcoins (£147.28) from each person or to have their information revealed to their significant others.

All is not lost, as a file containing the emails of Ashley Madison’s CEO was left on an unprotected bittorrent server for hours. By not password protecting or disabling the web management system used in the file sharing system people were able to access and change the server configuration, and if it turns out that this was the original torrent server used to upload the files it could be possible to track down the IP of connecting users and find out who initially uploaded the files.

Hacks are appearing every day now and it would seem that people are using these to their own benefits, turning one crime into hundreds.

Thank you Neowin and Ars Technica for the information. 

Image courtesy of Ashley Madison.

BitTorrent Wants to Offer More P2P Freedom on Mobile Devices With New App

BitTorrent just announced a new mobile app named Shoot that is based around P2P connectivity between individuals. While this sounds good to some people, others may think that this is a new means to start a piracy war on mobile devices. I mean, come on? Secure Peer-to-Peer connectivity on mobile devices and BitTorrent? What’s next, The Mobile Bay?

The company may have good intentions for releasing their new Shoot app to anyone looking to transfer photos and some big videos on the go, but I’m fairly sure the app will not be used exactly for what they have in mind. BitTorrent Shoot is said to be based on their Sync technology already available on all major mobile devices.

“Shoot allows you to send photos or videos directly between mobile devices, no matter what device you use or what network you’re on. Based on BitTorrent Sync technology, large items are no problem. And since files move directly between people without going through the cloud, it’s all fully private to you and the recipient.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOaOycHcNO0

BitTorrent Shoot is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone and allows 3 sends for free. If you like to send more, you have to couch up $1.99. A good thing about it is that you can receive an unlimited number of files, even if you haven’t bought it. So what do you think? Is it really worth its price?

Image courtesy of BitTorrent

Netflix is Killing BitTorrent Traffic

Forget DMCAs, DRM, fines, and lawsuits: the best way to tackle piracy, as those in the know have been screaming for years, is to make content affordable and easily accessible. iTunes proved it was true for music back in 2003, and a new report from Sandvine shows that Netflix is doing it for film and TV. The report shows that Netflix accounts for 36.5% of all internet traffic in North America, while BitTorrent traffic has plummeted to a low of 6.3%.

Highlights of Sandvine’s findings include:

  • Netflix continues to slowly increase its domination of North American fixed networks, accounting for 36.5% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours
  • In Latin American, two companies, Facebook and Google, now control over 60% of total mobile traffic in the region
  • The release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Ascendance DLC caused a significant spike in bandwidth usage, and accounted for 12% of traffic on one North American fixed network on its release date
  • During the season five premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO’s two streaming properties (HBOGO and HBONOW) accounted for 4.1% of traffic on one US fixed network; an increase of over 300% of their average levels
  • BitTorrent continues to see a decline in fixed access bandwidth share, and now accounts for only 6.3% of total traffic in North America, and 8.5% in Latin America
  • Netflix’s recent decision to encrypt their service will result in the majority of Internet traffic in Latin America and North America being encrypted in 2016

BitTorrent traffic has been falling for over 7 years; in 2008, torrents accounted for 33% of internet traffic, which fell to 22% by 2011. Legitimate video-on-demand services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video, seem to have successfully undermined illegal firesharing.

Last year, Sandvine’s Dan Deeth told Mashable, “People have shifted their activities to streaming over file sharing, Subscribers get quality content at a reasonable price and it’s dead simple to use, whereas torrenting or file sharing is a little more complicated.”

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information.

Is Netflix Planning to Implement P2P Streaming?

Inspired perhaps by pirate home cinema app Popcorn Time, it seems Netflix is considering peer-to-peer (P2P) support for its video streaming service. A recent job post by the company for a Senior Software Engineer suggests that it sees P2P as the latest technological step for its media platform, which specifically lists BitTorrent and P2P as desirable skills.

The job listing reads:

We are looking for an experienced, talented and highly-motivated Senior Software Engineer with a strong background in networking and full-stack web application development. Our team is evaluating up-and-coming content distribution technologies, and we are seeking a highly talented senior engineer to grow the knowledge base in the area of peer-to-peer technologies and lead the technology design and prototyping effort.

As a senior member of the team, you will be expected to drive the requirements of the project throughout its lifecycle: architecture/design, implementation, testing, release (for internal use), evaluation and support. You will need to exhibit strong leadership and communication skills, while successfully setting and executing on the engineering and release priorities in a dynamic application development environment. This is a great opportunity to enhance your full-stack development skills, and simultaneously grow your knowledge of the state of the art in peer-to-peer content distribution and network optimization techniques.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

– You are curious about and analyze systems that other people take for granted

– You like to figure out how systems work and how you can improve them

– You have at least five years of full-stack web application software development experience

– You have a solid understanding of how to make systems and software more secure

– You have a successful track record of delivering quality results in cross-functional projects

– You have solid understanding of the software development process and the task involved 

– You have experience with peer-to-peer protocols such as the BitTorrent protocol

The move to P2P makes a lot of sense, increasing streaming quality while reducing overheads, priming Netflix to launch more 4K content to even more customers.

Thank you Torrent Freak for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Thom Yorke May Have Earned up to $20m From BitTorrent Downloads in 2014

Last year, Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, released his second solo album as a digital download through BitTorrent, and figures suggest he could have made up to $20 million from the endeavour.

Yorke released Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes as a BitTorrent Bundle, offering a digital download of the album for $6. The Bundle also contained an additional song and music video, both available for free, independent of the album. Reports say that there were 4.4 million downloads from the Bundle, but it is unclear as to whether that figure relates to album purchases or downloads of the free content.

If the in-excess of 4 million downloads were $6 album sales, that would equate to over $20 million in total. Regardless, Thom Yorke has earned the distinction of being the most downloaded artist of 2014.

Source: Techspot

Project Maelstrom, BitTorrent’s Invite-Only Torrent-Based Browser

Project Maelstrom, BitTorrent’s torrent-based browser, was announced on Wednesday as an invite-only alpha version. BitTorrent believes that Maelstrom “is the first step toward a truly distributed web, one that does not rely on centralized servers.” The idea is an extension of the technology that powers BitTorrent Sync.

Eric Klinker, CEO of BitTorrent, expands upon the premise behind Project Maelstom on the company’s blog:

If we are successful, we believe this project has the potential to help address some of the most vexing problems facing the Internet today. How can we keep the Internet open? How can we keep access to the Internet neutral? How can we better ensure our private data is not misused by large companies? How can we help the Internet scale efficiently for content?

The power of distributed technology that underpins BitTorrent and all of our products has long been an example in this regard, and bringing more of this power to the web is only natural as these challenges loom.

Anyone keen on an invite can request one from the website.

Source: Venture Beat

‘Children of the Machine’, BitTorrent’s Original Web Series, to be Released Next Year

BitTorrent – infamous as the platform of choice for downloading copyrighted content from torrent sites – is making moves to become a legitimate content provider with the release of its first original series. Children of the machine, a web series created by The Thirteenth Floor and Igby Goes Down producer Marco Weber, will be released exclusively by BitTorrent next Autumn.

According to Weber, the show is aimed at young, technologically-savvy BitTorrent users, and even integrates the use of torrents into Children of the Machine’s dystopian plot.

The show will be distributed exclusively on BitTorrent Bundle, a platform for artists and creators to publish and share their content. Thom Yorke of Radiohead released his album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes through BitTorrent Bundle back in September for $6. So far, it has been downloaded over 1 million times.

Source: TechSpot

Torrent Site Admin Sentenced to Five Months Prison

The case started two years ago when Rights Alliance filed a complaint against Tankaner, a Swedish torrent site. The alleged owner has now been sentenced to five months of jail in the somewhat bizarre trial.

The 40-year old man was prosecuted for copyright infringement related to the illegal distribution of 32 movies during 2012 and 2013. Since there were ads on the page and the owner tried to make money that way, the prosecutor was pushing for a prison sentence.

The man however claimed that he had “disposed of the site four years ago,” but the court didn’t buy that. There was extensive evidence against the man in form of signed contracts for the piracy server, login information, bookkeeping, e-mails and photos working against the 40-year old site-owner.

“In the case the suspect argued similar standpoints to the ones argued by the suspects in the Pirate Bay case and they were dismissed on the same merits. However a difference from the Pirate Bay case is that the man was convicted as a direct infringer and not for contributory infringement,”  said Rights Alliance lawyer Henrik Pontén to TF.

So while the torrent site was the reason for his arrest, and the site is still is online, it seems that he was prosecuted very lightly and for direct offenses. To me it looks like a small win for the anti-piracy lobby on a minor fish in a sea full of large whales.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Everybody Can NAS, a Beginners Guide to OpenMediaVault

Introduction


What is a NAS?

NAS is the acronym for ‘Network Attached Storage’ and that is just what it is. Storage that is directly attached to your network, thereby allowing you to access its content from all your smart devices. In this article I’ll take you along the road of setting up and configuring your own NAS, even for a small wallet. It sounds so simple and it is. But it is also something that can make your every-day digital-life a lot easier and more enjoyable.

Having a NAS in your household allows you to have a centralized storage for all your backups, media files and documents. This again gives you the ability to easy access them from all your devices, may it be your smart TV, your phone or tablet, your computers or game consoles and what else comes to mind.

Some of the first words that scare most people away from setting up a NAS themselves are ‘linux’ and ‘network’. While it might not be something you have experience with, I guarantee it’s all very easy and quick to do.

What about the hardware?

So how does it work and what exactly is it you ask? Well, a NAS is technically just a PC like any other, some might also refer to it as a server or computer. In the end it is the operating system that is the factor. The whole idea behind it is to have a centralized storage for all your files. To archive this, it has to be running all or most of the time and there are some key features we need to look at:

  • Low power consumption
  • Headless usage (no keyboard, mouse or monitor required)
  • Small form factor and silent operation

In my opinion there is the perfect device on the market for just that. It’s cheap, it’s solid and at many times you even get mail in rebates or cash-back on them. But more on that later.

What Skills and Tools do you need?

To set up a NAS? Actually not many. You will need the following skills: Use the screwdriver that is included, Able to attach a cable to a plug and you will need to be able to read and use a website.

You will also need a couple other small things in order to follow this little guide to setting up a HP micro server, but not much. You need a MOLEX to SATA power adapter, a SATA data cable and either some duct tape or a 3½ inch to 5¼ inch adapter. You will also temporary need a USB stick, a Monitor and keyboard during installation. And that is pretty much it, so you see, everybody can NAS.

The perfect device

For this job, Hewlett-Packard have created the perfect line of micro servers. The N36L, N40L and N54L, also known as G7 microservers. The only difference between the three models is the CPU speed. Slower doesn’t always mean cheaper, so check prices on all three devices before you commit. On my last purchase I found that the N54L was the cheapest of them all, but any of the three will do fine for a home NAS.

It has 4 cold-swap bays for your storage hard-drives and a 5¼ inch for either your boot-drive, extra hard-drive(s) or anything else that fits. In most cases, and in ours here, it will used for the boot drive.

The G7 microserver comes with a 250 GB 7200RPM HDD included and that is just perfect as system disk for our new NAS. If that wasn’t enough, it also has 4GB ECC memory included in 1 module with room for a second.

Inside it has two PCI-Express expansion slots, one x16 and one x1. The single also has additional control ports for HP remote-control cards.

It even comes with tools included, nothing extra is really needed. It can be run straight away with what’s in the box, but you will of course also need some hard drives as storage for all your files. You can start with one and upgrade later or you can fill it up right away, the choice is yours.

At the time of writing, the N54L can be had for €153 in Germany and £131 in the United Kingdom making it a real bargain. I couldn’t find it cheaper than $357 in the US making it less of a deal over there.

The HP N54L comes in a very simple cardboard box only printed with the name and a representation of the server on the front and back.

On the side of the cardboard box we find a small sticker with the model and serial number. The box doesn’t offer much information besides that.

Opening up the box we see all is securely packed in spacey Styrofoam and with the accessories on top.

Unpacking the accessories, we find power cables for UK and for Germany/EU, a small manual and update instructions.

Pirating Fast & Furious Costs 33 Months of Jailtime

Pirating movies is wrong and illegal, nothing new in that. But it is quite rare that someone is caught and convicted considering the amount that gets pirated each day. The 25 year-old computer programmer Philip Danks has now learned the hard way that it can hit anyone and has just received  33 months jail time.

Philip had recorded Fast & Furious at the cinema  in Walsall, near Birmingham with his camcorder and then uploaded it to a torrent site. It was then downloaded 779,000 times, a number Universal Pictures claims to have cost them almost £2.3 million.

He didn’t just have the movie uploaded to KickassTorrents and other torrent sites, he also sold physical copies of the film for £1.50 each, making him about £1000 in total. His sisters ex-boyfriend, that helped him upload the movie, was sentenced to 12 months community order with 120 hours of unpaid work while Philip himself got 33 month of jail time after pleading guilty to three charges of distributing pirate copies of films on Thursday under the Fraud Act 2006 and the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988.

 “Seven billion people and I was the first. F*** you.” was his message on Facebook two days after his arrest.

Sentencing, Recorder Keith Raynor said: “This was bold, arrogant and cocksure offending. Your approach to the film industry was made clear in the posting you made on Facebook two days after your arrest.”

Detective Sergeant Rod Rose, from West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We assisted the Federation Against Copyright Theft throughout this case with search warrants, forcing entry to addresses and making arrests. Fraud comes in many disguises and ultimately affects all of us.”

Thank you rt for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of fast&furious.

BitTorrent Unveils Serverless Encrypted Chat App “Bleep”

The market is already flooded with instant messaging and chat applications: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Skype, Google Hangouts….the list goes on. However, what do all those chat applications share? A centralised server system. That is something BitTorrent’s Bleep does not have. Their new alpha messaging service relies on fully encrypted and decentralised messaging, based on peer-to-peer connections. What are the advantages of this? Well there is no risk of the centralised server being hacked, exposing your private details, there’s also no risk of snooping governments being able to read through your messages and spy on you.

Bleep is BitTorrent’s more polished version of BitTorrent chat which they announced almost a year ago. BitTorrent offers significant advantages over other messaging apps which claim to be secure, as BitTorrent note:

“Many messaging apps advertising privacy and security by offering end-to-end encryption for messages. But when it comes to handling metadata, they are still leaving their users exposed.”

Not to mention that even secure messaging services have to store some data, even if it is encrypted, and at legal request they can be forced to disclose this information along with the encryption keys required to access them. A P2P service does not suffer from this problem since the information is spread over a massive network, therefore legal notices served to BitTorrent would result in law enforcement agencies acquiring absolutely no information.

Check out more details of the new BitTorrent Bleep software at the source link.

Source: BitTorrent

Image courtesy of BitTorrent

Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary Heads To BitTorrent For Promotion

When people here the words “BitTorrent” they typically think of piracy, and for a big proportion of all the news that surrounds the software, most people would be right in their assumptions. However, there are millions of perfectly legal files that get shared on BitTorrent networks, and (some) publishers see it as an open way to reach a very wide audience relatively quickly.

Now Drafthouse Films and the co-directors of the documentary The Act Of Killing will join forces with BitTorrent as part of a BitTorrent Bundle to promote the iTunes release of the director’s cut as they want their film to reach a wide audience without the fear of censorship.

The Act of Killing bundle will include:

  • VICE Presents: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris on The Act of Killing[Video]
  • Democracy Now! Joshua Oppenheimer Interview [Video]
  • Essay: Errol Morris on The Act of Killing [PDF]
  • Essay: Indonesia on the impact of The Act of Killing, TEMPO Magazine [PDF]
  • The Act of Killing Stills [Photographs]
  • The Act of Killing Trailer [Video]

“The Act of Killing has an important message,” said Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Husney in an email. “Our goal is to reach as many people as possible — to preserve this film as a documentary, and as a testament to what happened in Indonesia. BitTorrent Bundle allows us to address a global audience of more than 170 million: to ensure that awareness of the film’s message reaches beyond the Internet’s censors and firewalls.”

It’s the first time that BitTorrent have worked with Drafthouse, and it is certainly the first time BitTorrent bundles have been used to promote an Oscar shortlisted film. It’s just another step towards the company loosing its piracy image, it worked for Napster (sort of), perhaps the future of BitTorrent really could be a proper content distribution platform.

Thank you Tech Crunch for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Tech Crunch.

Game of Thrones Held The Title Of The Most Pirated Show In 2013

HBO’s Game of Thrones is a very popular TV series, there is no denying that fact. We often get to hear exactly how popular this series is when it smashes all piracy records. Earlier this year we reported that Game of Thrones season 3 finale had become the top BitTorrent download and also the most pirated show in the U.S. “sprint season.” So it shouldn’t come as surprise to see that this very series has turned out to be the most pirated show of 2013. It has actually held on that title for two years in a row.

AMC came in second and third, its insanely popular series Breaking Bad was at No.2 with the series finale being downloaded illegally over 4.2 million times. Breaking Bad was trailed by AMC’s The Walking Dead, another hit series, which saw roughly 3.6 million downloads for an episode that hasn’t been named. The Big Bang Theory, Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, Suits, Homeland, Viking and Arrow complete the rest of the list, released by the folks at TorrentFreak. Sure there has been a lot of hue and cry about online piracy and how these illegal downloads are costing studios an insane amount of money, its safe to say that the pirates aren’t going away anytime soon.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information

BitTorrent’s Peer-To-Peer Chat Will Help Protect Your Identity

Privacy concerns easily made the biggest headlines this year, with NSA spying and well… every other government also spying on everyone else pretty much all the time, security breaches at major companies that effected millions of users and hacking being a bigger problem than ever, it’s easy to see why more and more people want to go the extra mile to making sure their data is safe.

BitTorrent Chat may have a solution to one problem, by offering strong encryption on a messaging service. Instead of a username, you’ll have a cryptographic key pair, effectively making it impossible for other people to guess your identity. Security is further enhanced with the use of distributed hast tables (DHTs), which is similar to the underlying technology used in software such as uTorrent. Message requests are passed securely along the network, negating the need for a central server.

The software doesn’t have a release date just yet, but given that they recently called out for Alpha testers we hope it will not be too long.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

BitTorrent Labs Reveal BitTorrent Chat Alpha – Encrypted P2P Messaging Service

If all the recent media coverage of government surveillance and companies handing over bulk data has got you worried then BitTorrent Labs could have something ideal for you. BitTorrent have developed their own chat service called BitTorrent Chat which is currently in alpha stages. The chat service using encrypted peer to peer communications and has no central server where data is stored because files are based on peer to peer transfer. In essence this means all files are sent between the computers of the chat participants and fully encrypted along the way. There is a server that needs to be connected to upon joining the network but this stores no information and simply acts like a BitTorrent Tracker.

BitTorrent chat is currently in a private Alpha phase where you must sign up to get the chance to test the program, you can sign up at the official website here.

BitTorrent chat certainly has the potential to be very popular for those who just want some privacy and security. Maybe the service will even make it into an app form at a later date – we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Image courtesy of BitTorrent Labs

‘BitTorrent’ Removed From Google Piracy Search Filter

Over the years we have seen many different steps being taken to help reduce piracy and Google have been central to much of it since it all began, which makes sense given their the biggest search provider and when people pirate files, they need to search for them.

The words BitTorrent and uTorrent were removed from Google’s autocomplete service in a bid to reduce people finding them and in effect damaging the site (financially) by reducing its traffic. Yet it looks like Google has unbanned these words, causing a sharp spike in search traffic for the words.

Google hasn’t removed sites like isoHunt or The Pirate Bay from their index, but they do not use the terms for autocomplete, which has caused a massive reduction for search requests of those sites. Google users searching for terms like “The Pirate Bay”, “RapidShare” and “isoHunt” will notice that no suggestions or search results appear before they type in the full word. While no webpages are removed from Google’s index, there is sharp decrease in searches for these terms.

But BitTorrent Inc. didn’t take their “pirate” branding lightly, continuously emphasizing that BitTorrent does not equal piracy. BitTorrent may have started life in the shadows for many and it is still prolific for illegal downloads, but there is certainly a lot more to the technology and the service that people can benefit from.

“This is almost certainly a result of that improving understanding helped by products like BitTorrent Bundle and BitTorrent Sync. They help those who are confused about BitTorrent understand that it is not a piracy website,” a BitTorrent Inc. spokesperson told TorrentFreak.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TorrentFreak.

BitTorrent Says It is Fed Up Of Association With Piracy

BitTorrent is getting a bit cheesed off with constantly being associated with piracy. It has stated that the recent game of thrones piracy record is not a BitTorrent piracy record and has nothing to do with BitTorrent because it happens outside the BitTorrent ecosystem.

BitTorrent does not host the infringing content, nor does it point to it. BitTorrent stress that to download something illegally you have to have a search engine, a pirate content site and a content manager and BitTorrent offers none of those things. Furthermore BitTorrent states that these records should be seen as Internet Piracy records not BitTorrent piracy records.

BitTorrent went on to say that illegal BitTorrent downloaders are using the open-source innovative protocol wrong and they do not endorse piracy at all. Apparently legal content titles in 2012 were downloaded 152 million times with Epic Meal Time doubling the download tally of Game of Thrones which made about 8.6 million.

I think the association between BitTorrent and piracy is unlikely to dissappear anytime but one thing is certain and that is that people will continue to exploit BitTorrent for illegal purposes for a long time to come.

Image courtesy of BitTorrent

RIM allowing BitTorrent and µTorrent Remote on BB10

Blackberry confirmed that their BB10 powered devices will allow BitTorrent and µTorrent Remote apps.


µTorrent Remote allows the user to add and manage torrents on their PC via their mobile devices and even allows the transfer of downloaded media from client to smartphone. BitTorrent Remote apps are available even on Windows and Google’s Android platform, however its is not available in iOS due to Apple’s rules. On a personal note, it’s good to see that RIM is not restrictive about allowing BitTorrent unlike Apple.

The app will be readily available as soon as BB10 is officially launched.

Via: Phone Arena