Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
The injunction that marked the end of probably the most installed p2p file sharing application in the world has put others on guard as well.
MP3Rocket, a program similar to Limewire and based, as the latter, on the Gnutella network, has announced its departure from the p2p landscape by its own choice.
“I wanted to give you a heads up that due to the LimeWire ruling, proposed US Senate’s Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA), the International Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and The proposed Canadian copyright reform bill C-32 MP3Rocket will leave the Gnutella network no later than Dec 15 2010,” Zeropaid quoted MP3Rocket’s Paschal Rousseau.
However, this decision does not mean the MP3Rocket is giving up business altogether. On the contrary, according to Rousseau some better technology that doesn’t expose the service to copyright infringing issues like those that eventually brought down Limewire is already tested.
“The Software allows users to ’time-shift’ and record Internet broadcasts,” reads MP3Rocket’s Terms of Service. “Time-shifting allows a consumer view and/or listen to a work or sound recording that is publicly broadcast, to a more convenient time for the consumer.”
“Over that last few months MP3Rocket has been working on new YouTube video to MP3 downloading technology,” said Rousseau. “That will allow us to replace our Gnutella functionality with even faster MP3 searches and downloads, with even greater selection than Gnutella offered.”
Basically, MP3Rocket will become a media search and time-shifting app able to download and convert videos and MP3s and while this is already done by other services including Firefox add-ons, the need for something with a greater ease-of-use and some more appeal to it still remains.
Here’s a little preview of the future MP3Rocket: With the new MP3Rocket beta users will be able to preview and download YouTube videos as MP3s (other formats will be also included), and also easily transfer them to iPod. The service plans to offer the ability to capture any video, Internet streaming, internet broadcasting, online radio, Hulu, and more.
Rousseau wasted no time and already said a few words to promote the new service: “Capture that stream capture to your computer, convert to the data to any desired format, place it on the device of your choice, all with one download click,”
Says Zeropaid: “The only real downside to the new and improved MP3Rocket is that MP3 bitrate quality is limited to 192 KB’s in the free version. The pro version offers all the way up to 320 KB/s, but will set you back anywhere from $1.64 p/mo to $34.44 for lifetime access.”
The free web hosting service GeoCities will be archived (around 900 GB of data) and released on the BitTorrent by Archive Team one year after Yahoo! shut it down.
Launched in 1995, GeoCities was acquired by Yahoo! Four years later for $3.57 billion in stock. The Internet giant shut down the service last year.
“It’s not like Yahoo! had some sort of terrible server failure or something,” said the Archive Team. “They in fact had made the active decision to turn off the site called GeoCities, an at-that-point 15 year old hosting site that contained terabytes of user-generated content.”
“What we were facing, you see, was the wholesale destruction of the still-rare combination of words digital heritage, the erasing and silencing of hundreds of thousands of voices, voices that representing the dawn of what one might call ‘regular people’ joining the World Wide Web,” the group added. “A unique moment in human history, preserved for many years and spontaneously combusting due to a few marks in a ledger, the decision of who-knows for who-knows-what.”
The efforts of the guys at Archive Team to archive everything could not recuperate all the sites: “We know we got a bunch of Geocities sites–a significant percentage, especially of earlier, pre-acquisition data,” they said. “We archived it as best we could, we compared notes, we merged and double-checked and did whatever needed to be done with what we happened to have.”
If you want to grab the torrent when it goes live you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a one-time notification.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues
So Limewire is out of the p2p landscape as reported earlier this week but the troubles are far from over for the company and its founder, Mark Gorton.
The record companies that sued LimeWire back in 2006 seem pretty determined in obtaining damage compensation that could reach $1 billion (this is because damages for committing copyright infringement not only deliberately but with commercial purpose as well, range from $750 to $150,000 per work and the plaintiffs claim more than 10,000 songs have been shared illegally and demand compensation for each and every one of them).
Despite the fact LimeWire’s computers never actually hosted any infringing content, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood signed the injunction that killed the file sharing service without hesitation saying in her decision that by connecting its users and encouraging them to share unauthorized content over a p2p network, it facilitated copyright infringement. Mark Gorton has all the reasons to worry since his other companies could also get involved in this hunt for damage compensation.
Limewire Group “almost certainly will be liable for statutory damages where the upward limit for each statutory award is $150,000,” wrote Judge Wood. Quoting the decision that until now marked the last most dramatic shut down of a file sharing service – the Grokster.com website, she wrote that “the amount of statutory damages at issue here ‘is so staggering’ that it ‘would very probably be well beyond’ LimeWire’s ‘anticipated resources.’”
At the same time LimeWire lawyers are trying to obtain the reduction of the fees. In this respect they have filed a motion demanding to investigate music-licensing deals the record companies have closed recently. RIAA’s evidence about the number of copyrighted works that have been infringed has also been called into question.
We’ll keep you posted as the story unfolds.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
A few days ago we reported about French anti-piracy agency HADOPI’s efforts to cope with 25,000 copyright infringement reports per day. Since the introduction of the ‘three strikes’ system in France, the main activity for copyright holders seems to be that of tracking down and suing file sharers with the help of the ISPs.
But that triggered a response from Smartorrent, the largest French torrent site on the Web. The site recently launched a VPN service, and nearly 2500 users of the site have already signed up for an account.
Called SmartVPN, the service is designed to protect heavy file sharers from being identified while downloading or uploading content online.
As you probably guessed, SmartVPN was welcomed by file sharing users in France. So far, the number of those who signed up for the service approaches 3,000. Each of them paid € 5 a month to remain anonymous to the prying eyes of the govt.
Currently, Smartorrent has more than 1,700,000 registered members and contrary to what the French authorities have hoped for, file sharing in France doesn’t show great signs of intimidation.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Digital Media, Mobile Phones, P2P technology, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
While news about Limewire’s demise flooded the Web, its brother Frostwire also made the headlines but with a totally different story.
The p2p service has made available its Android App for the users of Android devices and phones. Frostwire which can now be used flawlessly with all Android devices that run Android 1.6 OS and higher also offers a bunch of other features including chat room and the ability to send private files with attachments.
While the application enables file sharing via Wi Fi networks and can search files fast on several devices it is not compatible with the 3G networks.
With Frostire, sharing your files or posting them on social networks is quite easy. The app provides automatic updates as well.
FrostWire can be downloaded either from the Android Market at the price of $4.95 or free of charge directly from the Web site. If you go for the free alternative, you’ll need to allow non-Android Market apps to be installed on your phone, and also know how to load .APK application files onto the phone using a free app, App Installer, also available on the Market.