This Is the Pirate Bay's Oldest Torrent

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The Pirate Bay will be turning ten this year, quite the ripe old age for any website, much less one that's been the target of such controversy. In preparation for celebrating that birthday, TorrentFreak went looking for the oldest Pirate Bay torrent they could find, and came across Revolution OS.

Not a Hollywood blockbuster, or a chart-topping record, Revolution OS is instead a 2001 documentary about the history of Linux that has been going strong since 2004. TorrentFreak reached out to the director of the film who had this to say: "It's definitely a problem, but I guess there's some satisfaction in knowing that Revolution OS still has appeal for some people twelve years later."

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The torrent will have its 9th birthday at the end of this month, that is if it doesn't lose all of its 38 seeders and two leechers by then. Is there some ancient computer sitting somewhere in a closet, devoted to nothing more than seeding this torrent? Who knows, but it's still trucking along which is quite the accomplishment, even if it is an illegal one. [TorrentFreak]

Update:: Sound like an interesting movie? It's on Netflix Instant. But Rotten Tomatoes is a little lukewarm on it.

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Note the the filmmaker doesn't want his work to be given away for free without his permission. 99.99% of the media on BitTorrent is there without the creator's permission. Distributing copyrighted material on BitTorrent, uTorrent, Vuze or Frostwire is against United States Federal law. In the US, the copyright owner has the exclusive right to determine who may distribute their copyrighted material under US Federal law 17 USC 106.

17 USC § 106 – Exclusive rights in copyrighted works

Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:

(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords;

(2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;

(3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;

Using “filesharing” software like BitTorrent, Vuze or Frostwire violates two elements of this law because it both copies and distributes files. If you record a song, or make a movie that you own and control, you can “share” it with BitTorrent, Vuze or Frostwire and there is no problem. You cannot “share” music and movies that you do not have the rights to share.

If you do so, you have opened yourself up to the threat of lawsuit. Two hundred thousand people have been sued for “sharing” copyrighted material on the internet without permission since 2010.