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TorrentFreak has published the data they collected with the top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent for the week ended May 30. All the films included in this chart are DVDrips (unless mentioned otherwise).
If you followed the chart with the most pirated films last week then you’ll notice no changes have occurred in this week’s list, which is kind of a premiere. ‘The Wolfman’ is still #1 with ‘The Book of Eli’and ‘Kick-Ass’ in the next two positions.
|2||(…)||The Book of Eli||7.0/trailer|
|4||(2)||Alice in Wonderland||6.8/trailer|
|6||(3)||Iron Man 2 (TS)||7.6/trailer|
|7||(5)||Shutter Island (R5)||8.1/trailer|
|8||(4)||Clash of the Titans (TS)||6.2/trailer|
|9||(8)||How to Train Your Dragon||8.3/trailer|
|10||(…)||Youth in Revolt||7.0/trailer|
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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). After a little absence we’re back with our chart which, for the first time since we’ve started posting it, suffers some obvious changes, the most significant being the dethroning of Limewire, all time leader of the top, recently found guilty of copyright infringement by a US court.
Week ended May 30
|P2P Client||Number of downloads (last week)||Number of downloads (total)|
|1.BitComet (current version: 1.21)||82,788||77,820,817|
|2.uTorrent (current version 2.0.2)||58,998||8,171,858|
|3.Frostwire (current version: 4.20.5)||27,420||29,041,956|
|4.BitTorrent (current version 6.4)||26,925||16,547,647|
|5.Mp3 Rocket (current version 5.4)||14,315||6,161,430|
|6.Vuze (current version: 18.104.22.168)||11,598||
|7.Ares Galaxy (current version: 2.1.5)||8,536||865,916|
|8.Morpheus (current version: 5.4.0. 1080)||4,499||174,217,861|
|9.BitLord (current version: 1.1)||3,726||2,091,955|
|10.iMesh (current version: 10.01)||3,583||115,333,603|
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No more than two weeks ago we reported new updates from Kickasstorrents. Fans of the file sharing site will be happy to learn today that the ass kicking updating continues with a the first version of the ‘achievements’ feature. A cool visual bonus through which users can see their overall stats and even compete for the Kickass gold.
The site’s blog reads:
“Naturally we will add new achievements and upgrade the existing ones in future (you can post your achievement ideas in a special thread).”
Yesterday P2PON wrote about Ofcom’s proposed Code of Practice and the most important things internet users should know about it. As many have anticipated not all UK ISPs are willing to embrace the new measures imposed with the code.
One of the largest UK providers, BT broadband, has expressed its dissatisfaction with the code saying that if applied it would create a significant drawback for major ISPs since they will be the ones targeted. Of course, another reason to worry would be customers choosing smaller ISPs over larger providers because the new anti-piracy rules would be enforced only on the latter.
“Our initial reaction is that Ofcom’s proposal to limit the obligations to just seven fixed operators and exclude mobile operators and fixed ISPs with less than 400k subscribers is concerning. The UK currently boasts a highly competitive broadband market and we believe that such a move has serious potential to distort the market,” commented BT.
The regulations which are in pending status would directly concern providers like BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media, Sky, Orange, O2 and the Post Office. For now mobile broadband providers have not been included in the proposals.
Ofcom could not ignore the legitimacy of the arguments and assured that if a significant switch of the illegal file sharers to smaller ISPs is observed the issue will be revisited.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues
The company that operates the LimeWire file-sharing software continues to maneuver in an effort to save the company from a potential court-ordered closure but time is slipping away.
Earlier this month we reported about a mighty important ruling in the file sharing world by a US court that found LimeWire and its founder guilty of copyright infringement.
Following the verdict Lime Group and Gorton could be forced to pay hundreds of millions in damages to the entertainment industry and according to legal experts the music industry could have just be granted the necessary legal weapons to put an end to the service.
With the latest news we find the company struggling desperately to save itself and stay in business. Attorneys representing Lime Group filed a motion on Wednesday asking judge Wood who had given the verdict to reconsider her decision.
According to CNet Lime Group lawyers claim that the judge’s ruling followed a series of errors like finding that Gorton has gained directly from copyright infringement considerable financial benefit. She also “failed to consider whether Lime Group had the ability to supervise the particular Lime Wire actions,” wrote the attorneys.
Lime Group’s request for the change to reverse her decision is standard operating procedure for companies in this kind of pickle. It’s the legal equivalent of football’s “Hail Mary” pass. But instead of the judge changing her mind, what is more likely to happen is the RIAA will ask Wood for an injunction during a hearing scheduled for June 7, and Lime Wire will be ordered to shut down. Legal experts have said that Lime Group’s chances of avoiding this fate are at best slim.
The second move made by the company to prevent closure was to try to come to an agreement with some of the four major labels. Some sources say Gorton’s plans are focusing on turning LimeWire into a legal service but for now chances don’t look too good.
“One way to address what the court is talking about, short of shutting down the network, which I think is overreaching and drastic, is to filter the network of these files in question,” Zeeshan Zaidi, Lime Wire’s chief operating officer, said in an interview to Wired.com. “This is a way for us to move forward in the case.”
“We will continue to maintain an open dialogue with the rights holders and push forward with our objective of working in concert with the music industry,” added a Lime Group representative.