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Friday, 15 May 2015

European Commission Finds Shutting Down Pirate Sites is Ineffective

Shutting down pirate websites such as The Pirate Bay is high on the agenda of the entertainment industries. However, according to research published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, these raids are relatively ineffective and potentially counterproductive.

A few years ago Europe witnessed the largest piracy-related busts in history with the raid of the popular movie streaming portal

Police officers in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands raided several residential addresses, data centers and arrested more than a dozen individuals connected to the site.

The operation wiped out the largest unauthorized streaming portal in Europe and was praised as a massive success. However, new research from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre shows that the effect on end users was short-lived and relatively limited.

In a working paper titled “Online Copyright Enforcement, Consumer Behavior, and Market Structure” researchers examined clickstream data for a set of 5,000 German Internet users to see how their legal and illegal consumption habits changed in response to the shutdown.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Piracy Warning Given To Pirate Sites

The Motion Picture Association of America sent out a stern warning on Friday to European piracy sites that had been sharing the films it represents...whether the call was heard remains less than clear. Although the MPA gave a firm 24-hour deadline for the offending sites to shut themselves down, the actual punishment if they didn't remained ambiguous (from Billboard).

"You are already aware of the extensive infringements of copyright...identify the illegal activities... and take appropriate measure against infringement," wrote Jan van Voorn, the MPA vice president of content protection and internet operations. "All opportunities provided by the Website to download, stream or otherwise obtain access to the Entertainment Content should be disabled permanently."

Obviously the Motion Picture Association has an issue with piracy and obviously its likely to release statements on it. But what sort of power is it holding over the heads of European pirate operators in this case? It might seem like a dull sword based on wording alone, yet Torrent Freak reports that at least one of the sites targeted——shut down operations upon receiving the warning. Why?


Friday, 24 April 2015

The Pirate Bay Could Loose Domain Name

The recording industry is busy going after smaller players in online copyright infringement, but they haven’t forgotten their old nemesis The Pirate Bay. A Swedish court will decide next week if The Pirate Bay should be stripped of its .se top-level domain (TLD) address, which would be a blow to the site. The Bay has resided at that domain for two years since the last offensive against its addresses. So, are they going to chase The Pirate Bay off the Internet?

The Pirate bay originally had a .org domain, but that was abandoned for good back in 2012. The site hopped from one domain to the next, covering .sx (Sint Maarten), .gy (Guyana), .pe (Peru), and .ac (Ascension Island) among others. Each time it felt threatened, the site would move again. It eventually came to rest at and in April 2013.

According to the case filed by Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad in Sweden — where the .se domain and The Pirate bay originate — the .se domain names assist site operators in perpetrating copyright infringement, and the Swedish government should take over the addresses. The Swedish government is basically suing the registrar. Those behind The Pirate Bay have stated in the past they have a number of domains in reserve in case it is forced to move again, but we don’t know if that was entirely true. We might find out soon, though.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Pirate Bay Suffers Downtime

The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, causing a mild panic among many BitTorrent users. With the raid of last December fresh in mind some fear the worst, but as of yet there is no indication that the site has been hit again.

After weeks of relative smooth sailing, the Pirate Bay has become unreachable since a few hours.

It’s currently not clear what’s causing the problems. There might be a hardware issue, routing problem or a software glitch, issues that have occurred many times in the site’s history.

Or perhaps there’s a surge in traffic from Game of Thrones fans?

Finally, with the raid of a few months ago still fresh in memory some fear that the problems may be of a more serious nature.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Pirate Bay To Create It's Own Domain Name

While rightsholders are lobbying hard for strict anti-piracy policies for the domain name industry, The Pirate Bay has hit back with an unprecedented move. The notorious torrent site has applied for its own gTLD, so it can start a .PIRATE domain name registry.

The Pirate Bay’s parent company Reservella Ltd. has started the registration process for a new gTLD with a .PIRATE extension.

Responding to increased pressure from the MPAA and RIAA on the domain name industry, the torrent site hopes to break away from the rules and regulations which forced it to move to several new domains in recent years.

We can no longer trust third party services and registries, who are under immense pressure from the copyright lobby. So we decided to apply for our very own gTLD and be a true Pirate registry,” TPB’s Winston informs TF.

The new registration is currently being processed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the main oversight body for the Internet’s global domain name system which accepts new gTLD proposals.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Vuze Users Can Now Speed Up Torrent Downloads

Standard downloading times of torrents on fiber optic networks today are as fast as they have ever been, however there is now a further improved method of downloading torrents at a faster speed. Vuze, a torrent downloading software is intending to allow users to speed up torrent downloads via 'swarm merging'.

Swarm Merging on the Vuze network will allow users to share the same file, allowing the overall speed of the download to be boosted. Unlike the traditional method of downloading a torrent file through the needs of seeds and peers, swarm merging detects when there is two or more active torrents sharing the same file, and brings all the seeds and peers together to make downloads much faster. ExtremeTech did a better analysis of this particular method.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Pirate Bay Becomes More Accessible In UK With New Security Tweak

For many months now the Pirate Bay has been blocked by various UK ISPs', and even with the use of proxies some people have still been struggling to access the site. A new tweak however via the Pirate Bay source site now allows people to access The Pirate Bay regardless of certain blocks from some ISP's, depending on the nature of the block in place.

Since TPB regained access online after being shut down in February, the new webmasters for the site have decided to use CloudFares SSL service, which in turn allows people to more easily access TPB. It's believed that this particular tweak was unintentional, but proves to be better for the end user.

This new tweak does somehow make it easier for some viewers to access TPB, and includes the opportunity to access the site even without the use of a traditional VPN.