When the biggest file-sharing site on the internet first came into existence, it was entirely in Swedish and boasted just a few hundred torrent files. But the very first of those, the one that started it all, was uploaded almost exactly 10 years ago and, shockingly enough, wasn't porn. It was a recipe book.
Well, that didn't last long. Just a little over a week ago, Popcorn Time descended upon the masses as a way to easily (if perhaps not entirely legally) stream torrents straight to your computer. Now, though, amidst pressure regarding piracy, Popcorn Time has officially closed its doors.
Ubuntu is going to add BitTorrent search capabilities directly into its Unity desktop. Which is neat.
If the movie industry wonders why piracy seems to persist, here's one possible answer: people pirate 'em because they don't have the option of paying for a legal copy online.
Two months ago the Netherlands and UK governments ordered ISPs to block The Pirate Bay. Now, figures from a number of ISPs confirm exactly what we, though obviously not the governments, knew: it doesn't make any difference whatsoever to P2P traffic.
Sadly, even though digital pirates are anarchic on one level, they do still need rules and, in fact, the overlords of torrent sites often meet to establish quality standards. Sadly, their latest decisions have the torrent community up in arms.
The giant Torrent indexing search engine BTjunkie has shut down, scared shitless because of the Megaupload bust, no doubt. Unlike some file sharing services, they are shutting down for good, not just for the United States:
Rejoice, brothers! File sharing is now an official religion in Sweden. For real. It took two years, but it's done: it's called the Missionary Church of Kopimism and has Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as its sacred symbols.
TorrentFreak recently published a list of the most pirated movies over BitTorrent of all time and apparently, what we watch in theaters is what we like to pirate off the Internet. All of the most popular movies have been illegally downloaded a gazillion times.
You play with fire and you'll get burned. Fox, which recently delayed new episodes of TV shows from streaming on Hulu until 8 days after they've aired, has already seen a spike in piracy for those shows.
As many of you know, it's not uncommon for recent cinema releases to show up on torrent sites. What's unusual here is that the watermark of the high-quality torrent Super 8 appears to point the finger at one Howard Stern.
10 years ago today, Bram Cohen loosed BitTorrent upon the world in a public message board. It only got one response. Now it's a mainstay of the darker and more outspoken corners of the internet. They grow up so fast!
If you were digging through the LulzSec Farewell Tour torrent, you might have stumbled upon a folder called BootableUSB. I hope not, because it had a malware landmine sitting inside, faking it as a version of WinRAR. Lulz?
If you regularly download torrents on your computer, chances are you'll want to explore getting them directly onto your iPhone, too. Luckily, you've now got a couple of options to do this.
According to The Pirate Bay guys, they can't confirm if Comcast is actually blocking the site, but there has been "a significant drop in visitors from the US." CrunchGear's Matt Burns can't load the site, but what about you? Let us know in the comments below, while we wait to hear what Comcast's spokesperson has to…
The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped the hammer on BitTorrent-related websites and others associated with piracy and counterfeit goods—seizing domains without any prior complaints or notifications from the court.
Remember that torrent yesterday that contained the personal information off of 100 million scraped Facebook profiles? I thought it was strange that the guy didn't sell this information, since many companies would be interested. Turns out they are interested.