Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, Movies, MP3, Digital Audio & Games, Tops
It’s the end of the year and everybody it’s looking over the shoulder trying to strike a balance for 2009. No need to say we are all checking out some statistics, charts, tops etc. of some sort. Since we’ve kept you posted weekly this year with Top Most Downloaded Movies via BitTorrent, we thought it would be a good idea to also post top ten most downloaded movies of 2009 to have a clue what people have been watching this year and which films have been the most successful on p2p networks. Here it is:
|Film||Number of downloads
|2||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||10600000||834,969,807.00|
|7||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||7940000||929,359,401.00|
|8||State of Play||7440000||87,794,194.00|
|9||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||7200000||373,062,569.00|
Related posts: Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2009 (TorrentFreak)
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Tops
To get a better view on how the peer-to-peer scene is evolving with respect to what file sharing software people prefer to download, we keep you posted weekly with the latest numbers. So here’s a list with last week’s top ten most downloaded p2p file sharing programs – the chart is based on figures published by Download.cnet.com and it refers to the number of times a p2p client was downloaded from their site (click on the names for download):
Week ended December 27
|P2P Client||Number of downloads (last week)||Number of downloads (total)|
|1.Limewire (current version 5.3.6)||427,813||196,308,944|
|2.Frostwire (current version: 4.18.5)||246,516||25,977,206|
|3.BitComet (current version: 1.16)||103,334||75,497,072|
|4.uTorrent (current version 1.8.5 build 17414)||56,051||6,759,889|
|5.Mp3 Rocket (current version 5.3.4)||36,754||5,255,833|
|6.BitTorrent (current version 6.3)||25,739||15,930,801|
|7.Vuze (current version: 184.108.40.206)||12,980||7,026,507|
|8.Limewire Pro (current version: 5.3.6) (buy)
|9.Ares Galaxy (current version 2.1.2)||9,514||666,923|
|10.Morpheus (current version: 5.4.0. 1080)
Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues
At the end of November we reported that IsoHunt’s founder, Gary Fung was still trying to persuade the court that the site he runs is just another search engine which should be declared legit. The fight is now over and, as most of us probably have anticipated, Fung lost.
The search engine arguments failed to impress Judge Stephen Wilson especially due to the evidence presented to the court which showed that the search code was developed to find primarily copyrighted content:
“Defendant Fung additionally directs the program to specific web pages containing terms like ‘seinfeld-videos,’ which one would infer contains infringing content from the television show Seinfeld.” One of his sites also displayed a list of the top-20 grossing movies in the US, with links to copies of each, while another had categories that included “High Quality DVD Rips” and “TV Show Releases.”
As ruled by the Wilson, Fung’s lawyers had failed to rebut the arguments the labels primarily put on the table; moreover, Fung kind of sabotaged himself with a series of statements questioning the copyright law and admitting to downloading illegal material himself.
“The material facts supporting Plaintiffs’ claims are almost wholly unrebutted,” said judge Wilson in his decision. “Generally, Defendants’ rest their case on legal arguments and meritless evidentiary objections, and offer little of their own evidence that directly addressed Plaintiffs’ factual assertions.”
A possible appeal is yet to uncertain especially since there seems to be considerable unrebutted evidence that would have to be addressed accordingly.Currently isoHunt has 1114520 registered members.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Legal P2P News & Issues
Comcast, the ISP that gained a bad rap when last year it was accused a number of times of interfering with the traffic of p2p users and pledged good behavior in January 2009, settled its class-action lawsuit yesterday. The company agreed to pay $16 million (minus $3 million in fees) damage compensation to those customers who had their bandwidth throttled.
Comcast’s statement came shortly after: “We are pleased to have reached a settlement in these consolidated class action lawsuits. Although we continue to believe that our network management practices were appropriate and in the best interests of our customers, we prefer to put this matter behind us and avoid a potentially lengthy and distracting legal dispute that would serve no useful purpose.”
I know $16 million sounds like a lot of money but if I tell that means each Comcast customer will only be compensated around $16 the feeling tends to fade.
However, if you a want a claim to that $16 then you must have used these software or services – Ares, BitTorrent, eDonkey, FastTrack or Gnutella – between April 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008.
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At a very young age – 30 years old, Jamie Cullum has become a very acclaimed name in contemporary jazz music who already has released five studio albums. The latest one, entitled “Pursuit”, came out at the beginning of November and according to some estimations the artist lost around 60,000 sales of the album because of illegal file sharing.
That hasn’t made Cullum change his attitude towards file sharing which is seen as something natural with both upsides and downsides.
In a recent interview he admitted to Post Chronicle: “I’m a music consumer of the highest order, and I spend an awful lot of my time looking for music, buying music, downloading music legally and illegally.
“I make no bones about it – if there’s some Thom Yorke EP floating around and it’s not out until next week, then I’ll download it illegally.”
The artist stressed, however, then, that the initial enthusiasm doesn’t prevent a sort of awareness and respect for the artist’s work and doesn’t get a real music fan used to not wanting to have the real deal:
“However, the following week I’ll buy it because I want the artwork, and I want to see the notes and to find out where it was recorded and all the rest.”
About his leaked album, “Pursuit”, Cullum said: “The flip side of that is, four weeks before ‘The Pursuit’ came out, I was getting all these tweets from people who’d heard it because some of the CDs sent out to journalists had found their way online. I know the album has been illegally downloaded at least 60,000 times, which is as many as the record has actually sold.”
Download Jamie Cullum’s Pursuit (via Kickasstorrents)