Lately there has been a rather unfortunate p2p climate as headlines concerning some of the most popular torrent sites have revealed bad news all starting, of course, from legal matters. isoHunt’s founder, Gary Fung, wants to change that as he seeks for a favorable decision in court but what chances does he really have?
After The Pirate Bay announced earlier this month the shutting down of its torrent tracker (but denied any connection between the decision and the legal pressure that was put onto two of the site’s founders), yesterday we reported how Mininova has finally capitulated to the entertainment industry’s joy and complied with the court’s ruling given this summer which had asked it to remove all the links to copyright protected material.
So here is Gary Fung trying to counterattack and obtain a ruling that would favor a torrent site for once. The operator has sued the Canadian branch of the RIAA more than a year ago in an attempt to obtain legalization for the site’s operations. This week, Fung submitted a full claim to the court.
Back in March, this year, isoHunt and the CRIA appeared before a judge who finally decided that the case must benefit a full trial. The ruling was appealed unsuccessfully by Fung who saw himself forced to attend a full trial.
Earlier this week, Fung filed the statement of claim (pdf) with the Supreme Court and pursued his battle against the copyright group. The statement includes a description of how the search engines he operates (isoHunt, Torrentbox and Podtropolis) actually work and the request for legalizing them (a decision of the court that would say these sites don’t infringe Canadian copyright law).
“I have high hopes for Canadian copyright laws and its courts to not make the mistakes that have been made elsewhere in the world. We must fight the increasing noise we are drowned in, that file sharing is stealing,” said Fung.
“As for CRIA and member record labels, if you come to your sense of reason, I would love to talk to you outside of court. The ball you’ve dropped on us is back to you,” he added.
We keep our fingers crossed for Fung and hope his efforts will not have been in vain. We’ll keep you posted with the ongoing case.
For those unfamiliar with PPStream, it is a Chinese p2p streaming video network software. It can be called P2P Streaming Internet TV and technically it works pretty much the same as BitTorrent(BT). So far, most of PPStream TV channels come from China, Hong-Kong, Taiwan and Singapore but other channels may adopt the technology in the future.
Currently PPStream is in search of new funds, Marbridge Daily reports. In the previous rounds of funding, the company managed to collect about $ 30 million with the help of LG’s venture subsidiary LB Investment, Ceyuan Ventures and Qiming Venture Partners.
“In its new round of funding, PPStream seeks to target three categories of investor: traditional media, telecom companies, and internet companies. As the company’s operations are currently in a good state, PPStream will not seek large investments. Thus far, PPStream has yet to complete specific plans for this round of funding, and has not decided where it will seek to list,” says Marbridge Daily.
File sharing alternatives to Mininova – list of torrent sites
It’s a pattern – just as in the Pirate Bay’s case when almost instantly as the rumors about the site shutting down emerged, alternative torrent trackers were being posted in news on different websites, now it happens with Mininova.
Earlier today we reported about Mininova going totally legit as it complied with the ruling given by a court in August this year ordering the site to remove all the links to copyrighted content. Just a week ago the site had reached more than 10 billion torrent downloads served since its first appearance on the p2p file sharing scene back in January 2005. Now, its millions of users that helped it become one of the top 100 sites in the world according to Alexa ranking must find other places to download their favorite movies, music, games, etc. Fortunately, you don’t have to look too long as we offer below a list with torrent trackers to fill in the void left by Mininova together with other sites which published their own recommendations (TorrentFreak and DownloadSquad are two examples). Note that some of the sites listed here we have already included in previous reviews. I’m sure you are familiar with many of the sites here just as I know you probably know others as well.
Social networking has undeniably become a major part of our lives. How much of it is a waste and how much actually proves helpful, depends, I guess, on each of us. However, one can be sure that for those who need to make themselves and their ideas known to the world (or, at least, to a few folks) there are some platforms out there which can make a difference.
Thounds could be one such platform – it was designed to help users express their musical ideas simply and directly. It allows you to record your stuff live (using your PC’s mic).
Once a musical piece is finished the social networking steps in as you can share it via sites like Facebook or Myspace. The great thing about the site is that you can play a real instrument and record your idea and have others join with their own ideas and contribute further to the song.
“Thounds is a music platform, easily accessible through a social network. Thounds helps people capture their musical inspirations which can be recorded live with a computer microphone or by plugging in a real instrument. Finished tracks can be shared through blog pages, Facebook, Myspace, Virb and other popoluar networks.”
Thounds is a site worth visiting especially by those who tend to be frequently musically inspired. The concept of sharing has taken a lot of forms and with sites like Thounds it embraces a sort of creative “brotherhood”. You can watch the video tutorial on the site to see how it works.
A week ago we reported that Mininova, one of the most popular sites around had hit another important milestone – 10 billion torrent downloads served to file sharers across the world. The site hit the news again, this time with something less pleasant for p2p users – it has removed all torrents to copyrighted content.
However, this doesn’t come unexpected –“earlier this year, Mininova lost the case against the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The court ordered the site to remove all torrents that link to works protected by copyrights. So farMininova hasn’t decided if they will push for an appeal;” this is what we told you in our previous post about the site. It seems that meanwhile, Mininova has done some thinking and the outcome is this complying with the court ruling.
Of course, the decision was welcomed by the entertainment industry along with its trade groups. BREIN, the Dutch anti-piracy organization that has been targeting Mininova for quite some time, happily announced: “We applaud the fact that Mininova now uses the BitTorrent technology for legal business.
“We are not against the technology but only against the use of that technology for illegal purposes.”
While the crew behind the popular torrent site commented that there is “no other option than to take our platform offline, except for the content distribution service,” they didn’t give up entirely the idea of an appeal against the court order.
From the blog:
Today is an important day in the history of Mininova. From now on, we are limiting Mininova.org to our Content Distribution service. By doing so, we comply with the ruling of the Court of Utrecht of last August.
Unfortunately the court ruling leaves us no other option than to take our platform offline, except for the Content Distribution service. According to the verdict (Dutch link) we have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. We’ve been testing some filtering systems the last couple of months, but we found that it’s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, we decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. We are still considering an appeal at this moment.
We’ll keep you posted if anything related to the matter shows up.