Posts Tagged ‘BitTorrent’

$1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent

November 2nd, 2012 11:44 admin View Comments


another random user writes with news that a Virginia man, Kywan Fisher, has been ordered to pay $1,500,000 to porn-maker Flava Works for sharing ten of the company’s films over BitTorrent. “The huge total was reached through penalties of $150,000 per movie, the maximum possible statutory damages under U.S. copyright law.” The man did not make any defense in federal court to Flava Works’ copyright infringement claims, so the judge handed down a default judgement. “In 2011 Fisher and several other defendants were sued by adult entertainment company Flava Works. The case in question differs from the so-called ‘John Doe‘ lawsuits as the copyright holder had detailed information on the defendants who had paid accounts on the company’s movie portal. For Fisher the trouble started when instead of just viewing the films for personal entertainment, he allegedly went on to share copies on BitTorrent. These illicit copies were traced directly back to his account through a code embedded in the videos. … The verdict will be welcomed by Flava and the many other copyright holders involved in BitTorrent lawsuits in the United States. DieTrollDie, a close follower and critic of these cases, points out that it will be widely cited in settlement letters to other defendants, but that the case itself is notably different. ‘This was not the normal Copyright Troll case – there was some actual evidence beyond a public IP address. Not a smoking gun by far, but certainly enough to show a preponderance of evidence,’ DTD writes.

Source: $1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent

Judge Orders Piracy Trial To Test IP Address Evidence

October 9th, 2012 10:16 admin View Comments


another random user sends word of a case in Pennsylvania District Court in which Judge Michael Baylson has ordered a trial to resolve the issue of whether an IP address can identify a particular person. The plaintiff, Malibu Media, has filed 349 lawsuits against groups of alleged infringers, arguing that getting subscriber information from an ISP based on an IP address that participated in file-sharing was suitable for identification purposes. A motion filed by the defendants in this case explains “how computer-based technology would allow non-subscribers to access a particular IP address,” leading Judge Baylson to rule that a trial is “necessary to find the truth.” “The Bellwether trial will be the first time that actual evidence against alleged BitTorrent infringers is tested in court. This is relevant because the main piece of evidence the copyright holders have is an IP-address, which by itself doesn’t identify a person but merely a connection. … Considering what’s at stake, it would be no surprise if parties such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are willing to join in. They are known to get involved in crucial copyright troll cases, siding with the defendants. We asked the group for a comment, but have yet to receive a response. On the other side, Malibu Media may get help from other copyright holders who are engaged in mass-BitTorrent lawsuits. A ruling against the copyright holder may severely obstruct the thus far lucrative settlement business model, meaning that millions of dollars are at stake for these companies. Without a doubt, the trial is expected to set an important precedent for the future of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the U.S. One to watch for sure.”

Source: Judge Orders Piracy Trial To Test IP Address Evidence

The Futility of the Ongoing Piracy War

September 14th, 2012 09:21 admin View Comments


CowboyNeal writes: “It seems like the news on everyone’s favorite most resilient BitTorrent site never ends, as we approach its ninth birthday in just a couple days. Google has even recently wiped TPB results from auto-complete searches. Last month Nick Bilton wrote a rather insightful piece in the NYT (also covered on Slashdot), about ‘Why Internet Pirates Always Win.’ Read on, as I examine not only why he’s right, but how piracy could be further curbed already.”

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BitTorrent Tries To Appease Users By Making Torrent Ads Optional

August 16th, 2012 08:12 admin View Comments


hypnosec writes “BitTorrent has backtracked on their stance that uTorrent ads cannot be ‘turned off,’ following a user revolt. They announced that users can opt-out of sponsored torrents if they don’t wish to see them. Last weekend BitTorrent announced it would make uTorrent ad-enabled and that it would have a ‘sponsored torrents’ feature which couldn’t be disabled. As one would have imagined, this didn’t go over well with many users, and they let out their anger on the uTorrent forums. ‘You seriously think that uTorrent is going to survive now? The Admin/Devs are seriously deluded. Pure greed has turned your once loved app into a bloated and buggy cash cow,’ said one user.”

Source: BitTorrent Tries To Appease Users By Making Torrent Ads Optional

uTorrent Adds “Featured Torrents” Ads — With No Opt Out (Yet)

August 12th, 2012 08:25 admin View Comments


wrekkuh writes “BitTorrent, Inc, the company who owns the freeware (but closed-source) BitTorrent client uTorrent, has announced that it will be updating it’s popular client with ‘Featured Torrents.’ In a post on uTorrent’s forum, the company explained, ‘This featured torrent space will be used to offer a variety of different types of content. We are working towards bringing you offers that are relevant to you. This means films, games, music, software … basically anything that you will find interesting.’ In the Q&A portion of their announcement, the company adds ‘There is no way to turn in-client offers off.* We will pay attention to feedback, and may change this in the future.’ (*The Plus version of the BitTorrent client does not include these ads).”

Source: uTorrent Adds “Featured Torrents” Ads — With No Opt Out (Yet)

ISPs Throttling BitTorrent Traffic, Study Finds

August 9th, 2012 08:43 admin View Comments

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hypnosec writes “A new report by an open source internet measurement platform, Measurement Lab, sheds light onto throttling of and restriction on BitTorrent traffic by ISPs (Internet Service Provider) across the globe. The report by Measurement Lab reveals that hundreds of ISPs across the globe are involved into throttling of peer-to-peer traffic through and specifically BitTorrent traffic. The Glasnost application run by the platform helps in detecting whether ISPs shape traffic and tests can be carried out to check whether the throttling or blocking is carried out “on email, HTTP or SSH transfer, Flash video, and P2P apps including BitTorrent, eMule and Gnutella”. Going by country, United States has actually seen a drop in throttling compared to what it was back in 2010. Throttling in US is worst for Cox at 6 per cent and best for Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others at around 3 per cent. United Kingdom is seeing a rise in traffic shaping and BT is the worst with 65 per cent. Virgin Media throttles around 22 per cent of the traffic while the least is O2 at 2 per cent. More figures can be found here.”

Source: ISPs Throttling BitTorrent Traffic, Study Finds

The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents

August 7th, 2012 08:19 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes with news that The Internet Archive has started seeding about 1,400,000 torrents. In addition to over a million books, the Archive is seeding thousands and thousands of films, music tracks, and live concerts. John Gilmore of the EFF said, “The Archive is helping people to understand that BitTorrent isn’t just for ephemeral or dodgy items that disappear from view in a short time. BitTorrent is a great way to get and share large files that are permanently available from libraries like the Internet Archive.” Brewster Kahle, founder of the Archive, told TorrentFreak, “I hope this is greeted by the BitTorrent community, as we are loving what they have built and are very glad we can populate the BitTorrent universe with library and archive materials. There is a great opportunity for symbiosis between the Libraries and Archives world and the BitTorrent communities.”

Source: The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents

Appeals Court Upholds Sanction Against BitTorrent Download Attorney

July 12th, 2012 07:06 admin View Comments


NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld sanctions awarded by a District Court against one of the lawyers bringing copyright infringement cases against individuals for BitTorrent movie downloads, in Mick Haig Productions v. Does 1-670. The Court’s opinion (PDF) described the lawyer’s “strategy” as “suing anonymous internet users for allegedly downloading pornography illegally using the powers of the court to find their identity, then shaming or intimidating them into settling for thousands of dollars — a tactic that he has employed all across the state and that has been replicated by others across the country”.”

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Forensic Investigator Outlines BitTorrent Detection Technology

July 7th, 2012 07:27 admin View Comments


NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “In one of the many BitTorrent download cases brought by pornographic film makers, the plaintiff — faced with a motion to quash brought by a “John Doe” defendant — has filed its opposition papers. Interestingly, these included a declaration by its ‘forensic investigator’ (PDF), employed by a German company, IPP, Limited, in which he makes claims about what his technology detects, and about how BitTorrent works, and attaches, as an exhibit, a ‘functional description’ of his IPTracker software (PDF).”

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BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade

July 6th, 2012 07:32 admin View Comments


MrSeb writes “In a twist that will surprise no one except the RIAA, MPAA, BREIN, and other anti-piracy lobbies, the amount of BitTorrent traffic has stayed the same or increased in Europe following the blockade of The Pirate Bay in the UK, Netherlands, and other countries. This news comes from XS4All, one of the largest European ISPs, which has published a graph of the network traffic associated with the BitTorrent protocol — and sure enough, since the Dutch Pirate Bay blockade began in February 2012, traffic has stayed the same or increased slightly. There are probably a few reasons for this: a) The European blockades created a lot of publicity (and no publicity is bad publicity); b) TPB isn’t the only torrent site out there, and many of its torrents are available elsewhere; and c) Internet denizens are a lot more savvy (proxies, VPNs, etc.) than the MPAA and co give them credit for.”

Source: BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade