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BitTorrent seems to really go further than before with their intentions to become a legitimate business. “Game of Thrones”, which has been (erroneously) reported to be the most famous TV series on peer-to-peer networks this year, should be watched on HBO, the company believes.
In a recent blog post BitTorrent Inc. not only dismantles the idea that Game of Thrones is “the once and future king of BitTorrent”, but also stresses out the fact that “piracy happens outside the BitTorrent ecosystem.”
Matt Mason, vice president of marketing at BitTorrent Inc. wrote:
“We don’t host infringing content. We don’t point to it. It’s literally impossible to illegally download something on BitTorrent. To pirate stuff, you need more than a protocol. You need a search, a pirate content site, and a content manager. We offer none of those things. If you’re using BitTorrent for piracy, you’re doing it wrong.”
“These so-called ‘records’ are presumably based on numbers from pirate websites that have no affiliation with BitTorrent, Inc. If they’re corroborated using data from pirate websites, they’re Internet Piracy Records. They’re not BitTorrent Piracy Records,” his blog post continued.
At the time being, the news received no comments (on BT’s official website), but we’re pretty sure the subject will soon turn up the heat.
BitTorrent Inc. is clearly trying to make peace with Hollywood. To that end, it signed a deal with Cinedigm, but the contract’s progress is slow due to the company’s “fabricated” image. Public Enemy, one of the popular hip hop bands, had also signed with BT (read more here).
“We don’t endorse piracy. We don’t tally up illegal downloads, and crown pirate-kings. But these kinds of stories give us the opportunity to tell the truth about what’s going on inside BitTorrent.
In partnership with the Internet Archive, artists, labels and studios, we’ve made more than two million pieces of licensed, legal content available for download over the BitTorrent protocol. We’ve built a legit media ecosystem designed to close the gap between creators and fans. In 2012 alone, titles from this collection have been downloaded over 152 million times,” the blog post continues.
If you thought that “Games of Thrones” is the most downloaded TV series on peer-to-peer networks, think again. According to BitTorrent Inc., “Epic Meal Time” accounts for more than 8.6 million downloads.
“We discovered that the real king of BitTorrent isn’t Game of Thrones. With 8,626,987 downloads, hands-down-most-downloaded show of 2013 via BitTorrent is Epic Meal Time; a show published into BitTorrent willingly and legally by the creators themselves. That’s nearly double the claimed downloads of the Game of Thrones finale.”
Asked by Anthony of TechCrunch if the company is trying to draw a clear line between BitTorrent (peer-to-peer) and BitTorrent Inc., Christian Averill, BT Inc.’s spokesperson, said:
“The piracy itself is happening outside of the protocol. The technology is exploited as part of [the] technology stack used for piracy. As such, it is only the pipes that content moves through. You cannot rip a DVD with BitTorrent technology and there is no infringing content hosted on BitTorrent and pirated content is not promoted on BitTorrent.”
“Exploited” is apparently becoming the favorite word when it comes to such delicate issues (read online piracy), but Averill does make a valid point. However, BitTorrent’s rant seems a bit unreasonable. Why? Because BitTorrent, the company, would not be where it is without file-sharing, pirated content and all.
Stay tuned to find out more!
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SendItz is an app & browser tool with which users can easily share, receive, and store files, and has just released a newly improved version of its service for iOS & Android.
Before the upgrade the program allowed users to send others files only up to 2 GB in size – with the recent release that limit has been made ridiculous – the official cap is now a 100 GB file! The service also claims that has made transfer speeds twice as fast as before. The upgrade comes with improved features- photo viewing modes and controls and the ability to save photos & videos directly to your devices. The announcement says that users will still have access to 1 TB of cloud storage for now but the future will most likely bring changes in this respect.
SendItz is available as a browser-based app, and you can alos download it for free on iOS and Android devices. Since it has the advantage of being cross-platform, it allows you to access your account and files no matter the device you are using. While the update has been implemented for iOS, the improvements are not yet displayed for the browser tool and the Android app.
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Rich Site Summary feeds are used by nearly everyone on the internet. They keep the user updated by converting the required information into a standard format – also known as the RSS document. What RSS2Torrent does is to take these documents and turn them into full-pledged torrent feeds.
Reading your RSS feeds is like reading your e-mail; they keep you updated with the latest events based, of course, on a list of your favorite websites/blogs. When it comes to BitTorrent, the relationship between RSS and peer-to-peer had always been a “professional” one’. That until RSS2Torrent decided to take it one step further.
The way you use the service is fairly simple, even for someone who’s not an avid web-surfer. We’ll take for example IMDB’s RSS feed link by right-clicking the RSS logo and then select “Copy Link Location” as seen below.
Go to RSS2Torrent and paste that link into the box and then click the “Create” button.
Once the conversion is done (it usually takes a few seconds), a new link will be provided. Copy the new link and simply open it with your BitTorrent client.
For example, if you use uTorrent, go to the File menu and select “Add RSS feed”. Paste the provided link (should look like this http://rss2torrent) and you’re done. You will notice that new content is displayed if you click the “Feed” button on the left side of the client.
If you’re a Vuze user, look for “Content Discovery” and “Subscriptions” and click the plus to add the feed. Select “Create New Subscription” and click the RSS tab. Paste the content and save.
You can choose any RSS feed you want, of course, and be sure that your content is updated and ready to be downloaded when the case. Pretty awesome!
Give it a go here.
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While Jay-Z’s fans are looking forward to the much anticipated upcoming album ”Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the artist, well-known for his business flair, has made a deal with Samsung to release the new album for free to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones.
‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is the rapper’s 12th studio album and is scheduled for official release on July 4th. In a announcement made on Sunday the artist said that ‘Magna Carta…’ will be given for free for the first 1 million android phone customers who download an app for the album. They will receive the album 72 hours before it goes on sale.
According to The Rolling Stones, the announcement was came through a Samsung commercial that aired during the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs game: “The three-minute ad shows Jay-Z working in the studio with Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland and musing on making art in the modern world.”
“We don’t have any rules, everybody is trying to figure it out,” Jay-Z says. “That’s why the internet is like the Wild West. The Wild Wild West. We need to write the new rules.”
Also talking about its upcoming release, the 43-year-old musician said: ”The album is about this duality,” Jay-Z says in the ad, “of how do you navigate your way through this whole thing, through success and through failures, and remain yourself?”
Samsung’s new partnership with a major artist could have a major contribution to the company’s attempt of biting more of the Apple’s share of the market with its Galaxy phones and is pretty relevant to the market strategies mobile companies have implemented – and in which music occupies a significant position – to attract new consumers.
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Following England’s workarounds on the issue of online piracy we find that Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and probably other internet providers have started an off-the-books campaign against pirate proxies.
While some of the world’s most popular torrent sites, including TPB, Kat.ph, H33t, and Fenopy, can no longer be accessed on the island, at least not by their original web addresses, people have turned their heads towards alternatives – that is pirate proxies – and, apparently, the BPI and UK’s ISPs had done the same. Although the list of blocked torrent proxies is off the records, TorrentFreak had managed to publish some of the names, as following:
“Although the results may not be the same for all providers, the following sites appear to be blocked (in part) now. All sites in this list provide access to at least one of the torrent sites previously blocked by court order,” TF notes.
Drastik, the man who operates Pirateproxy.net, had told TF that:
“I never thought the BPI would go this far. I have already started setting up new servers for the blocks. However, I think educating people about alternate methods will be better. I have compiled a list of some good methods on a dedicated page,” he said.
“I will continue to move the site to new servers to keep it accessible.”
As for the other side of the camp, a BPI spokesperson said that…
“The court orders obtained in relation to The Pirate Bay cover not only the site itself, but also sites which have the sole or predominant purpose of providing access to The Pirate Bay. It would not be right to allow proxy sites flagrantly to circumvent blocks ordered by the High Court. We do not publish the names of proxies and it would not be appropriate for us to do so.”
Well, folks, it looks like the jig is up, but we have a feeling that this is far from over, especially that these rushed blockages are likely to set another route for those who really want to get their torrent feed.