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Steal This Film Team Plans P2P Donation Platform

The team behind Steal This Film and Steal This Film 2 draws our attention again. These days they are busy creating a platform whose purpose is to help filmmakers receive financial compensation for the works they release via file-sharing networks. The name of the project is VODO (meaning “voluntary donations”) and the actual inspiration for it is the experience the two filmmakers have gained from releasing their own works for free via the Internet and which has taught them about alternatives.

Basically, the concept is simple – to make VODO a feature of both P2P clients and media players and enable users to make a fair donation when they download or watch a film. Additionally, VODO is supposed to use video fingerprinting in order to unfailingly identify downloaded films so that filmmakers can receive payment. The site says:

“VODO benefits lie in distributing payments out to players and downloading software, making it as trivial as possible for donors to initiate voluntary donations when they feel most ‘connected’ to the artist: at the point of enjoyment of the media.”

Partially supported by grants offered by the British Documentary Film Foundation, the filmmakers turned to their fans for donations. According to them in the first two months since its release, about 0.1 percent of Steal This Film’s viewers compensated the work through donations. They aim at reaching a 15 percent donation rate. It remains to be seen if they are more than…great expectations.

The Pirate Bay More Popular than Ever

The more anti-piracy groups such as the MPAA, RIAA and IFPI relentlessly pursue it the more The Pirate Bay site seems to thrive (it currently enjoys an allegedly 25 million unique visitors a month). If there were still some who doubted BitTorrent tracker’s popularity, well now they can put those doubts to rest as the site made its debut into the list of 100 most visited websites on the Internet.

From Torrent Freak we learn that The Pirate Bay is the second BitTorrent site to get its name alongside the 100 most prominent domains on the Internet. For the time being Mininova seems to be currently ahead (ranked 52th ) followed by The Pirate bay isoHunt, Torrentz.com and btjunkie.

In spite of constant attempts by music and movie industry to bring the site down, the Pirate Bay is increasing the number of users probably to prove out that the anti-piracy campaign against it could only help to its popularity functioning more likely as free publicity.

Mininova Sees Its Traffic Doubled within Only a Year

mininova.jpgIt seems that there’s still room for the BitTorrent popularity to expand. Mininova is amongst the most visited torrent sites, currently having over half a billion visitors per month which means it now enjoys a double number of views than it did a year ago.

Mininova managed to get into Alexa’s list of the 50 most popular websites on the Internet released on November within only 3 years from launching and its popularity is ongoing.

This is a statistic showing Mininova’s growth according to TorrentFreak:

March 2007
57,605,816 visits
261,460,196 pageviews

March 2008
109,304,822 visits
530,181,594 pageviews

However huge this increase in popularity of Mininova Niek, one of the founders of the site doesn’t back down from believing that things will eben look better for the site in the future: “We expect that Mininova will at least sustain its current number of visitors. As BitTorrent and P2P in general become more and more accepted by the general public, new users will find their way to Mininova and other torrent search engines” […] “What Google has done for the web, mininova-traffic.jpgwe try to accomplish for BitTorrent and P2P.”

Due to the ever increasing number of visitors, lots of upgrades of the hardware were necessary. However, even the present configuration has its flaws as a few days ago Mininova dropped for more than 12 hours because of hardware problems.

“The extensive downtime of the last few days was a result of very unfortunate accidents, namely a crashing hard disk and a failing network card of the load-balancer in combination with two successive holidays in The Netherlands. We will do our utmost to prevent such issues in the future.”

Well, Mininova, keep the P2P flag up and fluttering!

Vuze About to Prove: ISPs Guilty of “traffic shaping”

Vuze.jpgIt seems that perhaps sooner than anticipated there might be network traffic information to provide evidence that messing with the P2P traffic is very common with the ISPs, Gigaom reports. The proof is likely to come from Vuze, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based P2P company which has been busy putting pieces together since they released a special plug-in they last month.

This plug-in makes possible for the Vuze to watch closely network interference and gather sufficient information to prove that the number of ISPs that are practice traffic shaping is larger than acknowlegded. What the plug-in actually does is measure “the rate at which network communications are being interrupted by reset (RST) messages.”

Vuze General Counsel Jay Monahan made obvious his intention to reveal the real size of “traffic shaping” practise among the Internet service providers. Hetraffic-shapping.jpg said in a recent blog post that:

There are over a dozen Internet network operators in America — both cable companies and telephone companies, many of whom are believed to be engaging in their own “traffic shaping” (i.e. throttling) practices.

Allegedly, Gilles BianRosa, CEO of Vuze, has forwarded a letter to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson in which he made reference to the fact that AT&T is likely to be using the RST messages:

…while we appreciate the methodological limitations of our data, and therefore have drawn no firm conclusions from it, we believe the results show a significant enough difference in the level of resets from one network operator to another, to warrant asking certain network operators to describe their network management practices. In reviewing our data we have identified that the rate of reset activity in the ASN pertaining to your company appears to be higher than many others.

Obviously this issue is far from being done with and we’ll be following its development to further inform you.

Comcast to Create a “P2P bill of rights and responsibilities”

comcast-logo.gifComcast announced on Tuesday its partnership with Pando Networks to create a "P2P bill of rights and responsibilities" as they called it. This P2P Bill of Rights aims at file-sharing networks, Internet service providers, and others. Its development is was much speeded up by the largest U.S. cable operator as it still engaged in recovering image from those past attempts to block its users from accessing P2P traffic like BitTorrent.

Comcast and Pando have merged and are now preparing to set the rules together with specialists in the industry and also with a number of P2P companies and Internet service providers on the rules.

The P2P Bill of Rights will be very clear on how users are allowed and expected to use P2P programs, and how ISP are required to handle the file-sharing clients on their network.

Comcast and Pando will be conducting tests on how file-sharing application run on other ISP networks, including cable, DSL, fiber and wireless and make estimation regarding performance, distance, speed, and geography and bandwidth consumption.

Tony Werner, Comcast CTO declared that “We hope to get other industry experts, ISPs and P2P companies together this spring and publish the P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities later this year.”