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Internet Piracy Back in Action in Sweden – All time high Traffic recorded

Recently following the launch of IPred in Europe, It was reported that, 18 percent jump in legal music sales. Now in Sweden, the Local is reporting that illegal file sharing is back in full force, reaching new record levels.

Because of the cutdown of the bittorrent traffic, it came down to 40%. In my opinion everyone might have given a try for the originals. But no matter what, they came back to the old ages, where get things “free” is considered better than pay and get the things.

This will be more clear when different companies’ release their statistics. Anyway now streaming contents are getting more and more users. If you have good internet plan, why waste time and space by downloading the entire content, when you can watch it on the fly while its getting streamed.

“Spotify and the various television channels ‘Play’ sites haven’t yet released their statistics. There is guaranteed to be certain increase in file sharing, but it isn’t possible to tell exactly how much, Then you have the illegal video streaming sites, which aren’t file sharing in the traditional sense, but which play the same role for users. Watching a movie via a streaming video directly in your web browser is becoming more and more popular.”

Researcher Kristoffer Schollin Schollin said.

Kristoffer Schollin, Ph. D. intellectual property law, is post doc researcher and lecturer at the Department of Law and CIP – Center for Intellectual Property studies.

I think people of Sweden are not liking the laws which help Millionaires to become Billionaires. :P

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Mininova Deletes all copyright infringing torrents and Goes Legal

In a blog post in their official blog they said Mininova limits its activities to content distribution service.

Mininova was one of the largest BitTorrent index sites. It is a directory and search engine for many kinds of torrent files. It does not, however, host its own tracker.”

Mininova was sued by BREIN, a coalition of Dutch publishing, music film and software lobbies. In August the court ruled it must remove links copyright material or face a €5m fine.

Well this left no choice except 2 for mininova, either to go for an appeal, or remove all the infringing torrents. In their blog post they says they are thinking about going for an appeal. But to save their own a** they removed all the infringing torrents. Now the website is almost as good as empty.

They do offer this so called “Content Distribution Service”, but the question is whether it worth? I dont think so. The whole concept of torrent came for filesharing. But almost all of the users are using it, for getting copyrighted materials, which are not available for free.

The blog post says,

“Unfortunately the court ruling leaves us no other option than to take our platform offline, except for the Content Distribution service. According to the verdict (Dutch link) we have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. We’ve been testing some filtering systems the last couple of months, but we found that it’s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, we decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. We are still considering an appeal at this moment.

We launched our Content Distribution service in 2007. This service allows producers and artists to easily publish and distribute their content for free through Mininova. The launch of Content Distribution has proven to be a success. Countless content owners have used Content Distribution to distribute their content (e.g. albums and documentaries) for free to millions of users. For example, the Dutch band Silence is Sexy released their complete album on Mininova and received the Interactive Award 2009 for doing so. The Dutch television broadcaster VPRO decided to start using Content Distribution in 2009 in order to distribute documentaries.”

ThePirateBay tracker shuts down

Yes sad but true, thepiratebay tracker will not work any more. They have decided to shutdown it permanently. You might also have noticed that the tracker has been down lately? And that the upload page don’t recommend trackers anymore!

Well ThePirateBay says they will be online except the tracker. The main reason behind this is, the bittorrent technology has reached a level where the need of trackers are becoming lesser and lesser. The technology behind this is, DHT and PEX.

PirateBay blog Post says,

The development of DHT has reached a stage where a tracker is no longer needed to use a torrent. DHT (combined with PEX) is highly effective in finding peers without the need for a centralized service. If you run uTorrent you might have noticed in the tracker tab of your torrents that the [Peer Exchange] (PEX) row is often reporting a lot more peers than the trackers you might have for that torrent. These peers all came to you without the use of a central tracker service!

“Now that the decentralized system for finding peers is so well developed, TPB has decided that there is no need to run a tracker anymore, so it will remain down! It’s the end of an era, but the era is no longer up2date. We have put a server in a museum already, and now the tracking can be put there as well.”

Refer WikiPedia for Detailed technical explanations of DHT and PEX.

DHT (Distributed Hash Table) is a decentralized p2p network which modern BitTorrent clients join by default, enabling them to find peers for a download. PEX (Peer Exchange) is another way of helping you find peers on the network. Combining these two we dont need the trackers anymore.

But still its sad to see Pirate Bay slowly being shut down, part by part.

Yes its the starting of the Ending of an ERA. :'(

End of an Era: Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down

November 17th, 2009 | by Stan Schroeder5 Comments and 211 Reactions

pirate_bay_trackerDo you know how BitTorrent works? I mean, really know the technology behind it? Even if you’re not all too familiar with it, you probably know that it requires a tracker – a computer that coordinates the distribution of a file within the network.

But the trick is, it doesn’t – not anymore. Two technologies called DHT and PEX enable trackerless BitTorrent; in the simplest of terms, the BitTorrent technology has evolved to the point where trackers are no longer necessary for operation. Thus, the folks over at The Pirate Bay have decided to permanently shut down the Pirate Bay tracker.

From the Pirate Bay blog:

“Now that the decentralized system for finding peers is so well developed, TPB has decided that there is no need to run a tracker anymore, so it will remain down! It’s the end of an era, but the era is no longer up2date. We have put a server in a museum already, and now the tracking can be put there as well.”

Yes, seeing Pirate Bay slowly being shut down, part by part, may be sad, but the beauty of this is that little has changed in the site’s operation for the end user. You can still share and download files on The Pirate Bay, even if the tracker doesn’t work.

Detailed technical explanations of DHT and PEX

httptorrents.com, Making Direct download possible for Torrents.

For normal users and users who just started their internet life, its been hectic to download something from torrent. Also almost all offices, schools, etc etc block torrent access.

Even some ISPs are blocking torrents, the result being very slow download speeds. Then sometimes these hash errors when we are nearly at the end of downloading. Need for uploading too much. All this is just frustrating for some people.

Now a site called httptorrents.com offering direct download for some popular torrent. these guys are not having the whole torrent world. So I dont know whether you will be able to find your Files. But still this is an incredible service.

If you’re a fan of KickassTorrents, you may have spotted httpTorrents links there, as the two sites seem to have partnered up.

According to the site,

How it works,

The age of free information is at hand!

And it is very annoying that even if you have a broadband you still have some downloading problems with torrents. Sometimes you get blocked by the firewall, sometimes you just can’t get the appropriate downloading speed, sometimes you need a rating to download the file and the most annoying thing is when the seeder leaves you with a 95.00% completed file. This turns the promising world of file exchange into a nightmare, but httpTorrents has a solution. We will turn the torrent file that you need into an easy downloadable http-link.

You get:

  • Guaranteed fast speed
  • Guaranteed 100% download

You don’t have to worry about:

  • No uploading
  • No blocking
  • No ratings
  • No wait

If you are getting too hard with torrents – httpTorrents will make it easy for you!

What to Do & How to Do:

Step1: Search for the torrent in your favorite torrent search engine. Then find out the HASH. If you cant find the hash, just select the torrent and then press ctrl+F then enter hash. Then you will get a really long number. That is the hash for the file. (doubts?? post comments or ask here)

Step2:Enter the hash in the search bar.

step3:Download the file from their server.

thats it.

Changing the face of Torrents – New Protocol

The torrent sharing is about to to change the face of files haring. They are about to launch a new protocol μTP or “micro-Transport Protocol” which is a new protocol from BitTorrent, Inc. It is going to be available as the default transport mechanism in both μTorrent v2.0 and BitTorrent v7.0.

Says the post:

“The fact is that our BitTorrent clients have become incredibly popular with users downloading large files over the internet. So much so that some observers claim that BitTorrent traffic accounts for 30%, 50%, or even more of all Internet traffic. Regardless of the actual numbers (which we have no way of knowing), it is clear that the popularity of BitTorrent is putting such a burden on ISP networks that they sometimes react by slowing down or interfering with that traffic.”

aXXo is Back

When the popular DVD ripper aXXo stopped releasing new torrents earlier this year many loyal fans were left disappointed. After nearly five months of absence early indications seemed to indicate that he’s back in business. However, those who look closer will notice that something is amiss.

axxoThis March, aXXo – BitTorrent’s most praised uploader – went silent. In the months that followed many people wondered what had happened to him, while some even decided to exploit the situation by posing as aXXo on various sites.

However, to the delight of millions of his loyal fans aXXo seemed to have returned today. After nearly five months of absence two new uploads were submitted to Mininova a few hours ago – both were uploaded by the ‘official’ aXXo account and appear to be legit.

The last time aXXo reappeared after taking a long break, the symbolic title “I Am Legend” was the first torrent to be uploaded. This time around aXXo appeared more humble with the release of “Kung Fu Panda” and “Bee Movie.” But these are not the only oddities.

aXXo’s ‘new’ uploads


Strangely enough both titles have been uploaded before by aXXo, about a year ago. A quick look at the torrent file reveals that these new aXXo torrents were indeed created months ago. The only thing new about them is that they’ve been re-uploaded to Mininova.

What is even more strange is that aXXo was not the only user to upload these titles yesterday. Dozens of new “Kung Fu Panda” and “Bee Movie” torrents were submitted to Mininova yesterday, some by well known uploaders like FXG, FXM and KLAXXON who have all been inactive for weeks or months.

The issue seems to be specific to Mininova since none of the uploaders have added these old torrents to the other sites they generally upload to, such as Darkside.rg in aXXo’s case. So what happened then?

While we don’t have any conclusive evidence, our best guess is that there was a glitch in Mininova’s system that caused these ‘new’ uploads to appear all of a sudden. This would mean that aXXo fans will have to wait a little longer for his return and that shouting about a comeback is a perhaps a little premature.

Update: The torrents have been removed by Mininova, but torrents for the same movie titles (all uploaded on August 6) are still listed.