Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, Entertainment Industry, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
BitTorrent’s efforts to wash away the association between the company’s name and illegal downloading (read more in our post) continues with a new partnership. The company that gave us file-sharing clients uTorrent and BitTorrent has teamed up with alternative rock group Pixies. The band’s new single was released online as a torrent download. Titled BagBoy, this single marks the first new material that the group has put out over the last ten years.
In order to grab the single via BitTorrent, you are asked for your email address. As expected for many of you, file-sharing freaks out there, the single doesn’t come on its own, being included in a Bittorrent bundle which means you’ll also get other stuff as well. This other stuff is Where Is My Mind Coachella 2004 live set (includes 20 tracks).
BitTorrent’s partnerships with artists, aspiring or consecrated, is becoming quite a regular thing. Last month the company teamed up with hip-hop legends Public Enemy to launch the group’s new music and support a remixing contest.
While BitTorrent traffic monitoring companies and systems are quite a few around, AT&T makes a premiere as the first ISP to obtain a patent under which it can do some file-sharing monitoring itself.
The new system could be used by AT&T to anticipate monitor network congestion before occurring but also to check out what content is very popular with pirates on file-sharing networks.
To remind you all – AT&T has adopted the Six Strikes anti-piracy system program under which an Internet customer who is suspected of downloading copyright protected receives six warnings before having his/her Internet connection suspended.
To better understand how AT&T’s system works we’ve posted here the chart below (courtesy of hothardware.com) – “It appears that the company will be maintaining RSS feeds of torrents that it could end up downloading and then search through. While names are going to play a huge role in what the system detects here as piracy, it’ll go one step further by digging into the file and making sure it’s actually what it says it is – and that it’s not simply a virus disguised as the latest Hollywood blockbuster.”
It would probably be a safe assumption that AT&T’s technology will appeal to copyright owners due to its possibilities and that they will ‘convince’ the ISP (if necessary) to employ it as a way to reduce online piracy.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Digital Media, Mobile Phones, P2P technology, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
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!
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Tops
BitTorrent hit a new mobile milestone: 25 million users have downloaded its file-sharing apps.
The company which has recently teamed up with hip-hop legendary group Public Enemy for another artist-file-sharing platform deal posted the announcement: “We’re stoked that 25 million of you are now getting your torrents to go. Guess this smartphone revolution thing that people are talking about is for real.”
BitTorrent’s blog also lets filesharers know that BitTorrent and µTorrent mobile apps have been updated to include improvements related to stability, performance and speed. According to the announcement, the company will also be launch soon a new central location for uTorrent mobile apps at utorrent.com/mobile.
BitTorrent is definitely riding the wave, especially if we considered how many filesharers are using the p2p client on their PCs. uTorrent is also ranked among the iOS users as a top file-sharing program.
From the blog post:
To all our mobile users: thank you times 25 million. If you’ve got app ideas or feedback, get in touch: email@example.com.
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Spying on BitTorrent users is an activity probably all filesharing aficionados are aware of since it’s one of the industry’s mains weapons against illegal downloading. However, today we’re going to address the idea of individual spying – that is, to put it in softer words, someone on your own network taking a peek at your activities online. Along with that, we introduce you to Wireshark – a free, open-source packet analyzer, a tool utilised in network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education.
What’s WireShark’s relevance to BitTorrent? Well, anyone who invests some time in learning this tool’s basics and who has access to a network can monitor what all the network’s users are doing in the digital realm. Fortunately or not, it might take some patience to get a grip on how the communication between torrent clients and the digital landscape works.
The video below is meant to shows us how one can use Wireshark to understand Bittorrent activity :
Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer, and is the standard in many industries. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998. Hundreds of developers around the world have contributed to it, and it is still under active development. Read or write many different capture file formats: tcpdump (libpcap), Catapult DCT2000, Cisco Secure IDS iplog, Microsoft Network Monitor, NAI Sniffer (compressed and uncompressed), Sniffer Pro, and NetXray, Network Instruments Observer, Novell LANalyzer, RADCOM WAN or LAN Analyzer, Shomiti or Finisar Surveyor, Tektronix K12xx, Visual Networks Visual UpTime, and WildPackets EtherPeek,TokenPeek, or AiroPeek.