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Torrents surge in 2013 despite anti-piracy push

Torrents surge in 2013 despite anti-piracy push

Torrents increased by 50-percent over the past year, as internet users uploaded rising amounts of content - much of it copyrighted - despite attempts by content owners to lock down access to high profile sites like The Pirate Bay. In fact, the site now lists more than 2.8m files, TorrentFreak points out, predominantly video, and with uploads rising by half in 2013 and doubling compared to two years ago.

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Game of Thrones tipped as the most pirated show of 2013

Game of Thrones tipped as the most pirated show of 2013

The end of 2013 is nearly here with only a handful of days left before we ring in the new year. As we all know, the downloading of TV shows from various websites online is a common and rampant practice. The list of the year's most pirated TV shows has been published and a familiar name sits atop the list as the most pirated show of 2013.

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Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

It would appear that bands that have gotten over the madness hump that is the realization that their music is being pirated have begun taking advantage of that fact. One perfect example is Iron Maiden, a band that this week has revealed that they take the data they’ve gathered on where their music is being pirated, and instead of taking the massive time and resources involved in persecution to punish these areas, they’ve aimed their concert series directly for them.

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AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T has been awarded a patent that would let the company track subscriber browsing behavior, assign them a "reputation score", and then block "high-risk" subscribers from being able to access file-sharing services. The patent is called "Methods, devices and computer program products for regulating network activity using a subscriber scoring system". In other words, the blocking system could rely on tracking software installed on subscriber computers. The patent was spotted by TorrentFreak and relayed by Gigaom.

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BitTorrent traffic on the downswing in the US for the first time

BitTorrent traffic on the downswing in the US for the first time

For the first time, BitTorrent traffic has declined in the United States, a trend that is said to be caused by more available legal alternatives, such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Prime, and similar streaming and digital-download services. On the flip side, torrenting has continued to increase in Europe, and the most likely reason is similar, if unfortunate -- there are less legal means of acquiring content, and so viewers seek illegal copies.

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GTA V PC Torrent strikes unlucky thieves in the wild

GTA V PC Torrent strikes unlucky thieves in the wild

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is currently in production. There is no final version out in the wild, nor is there a way for you to download this game for the PC in any way at all - it simply does not exist. That fact hasn't stopped a seemingly large amount of unknowledgeable thieves in the wild, though, as several GTA:V torrents have appeared with big downloads: one in particular bringing on some real dangerous heat.

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BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent has revealed BitTorrent Chat, its secure take on instant messaging using the peer-to-peer technologies that made it notorious for file-sharing so as to escape the eyes of the NSA. Described as "a pre-Alpha experiment in server-less messaging" the new chat client promises to shuttle conversations across an encrypted, peer-to-peer network rather than routing them through a central server, as iMessage, Skype, and other services currently do.

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BitTorrent and uTorrent removed from Google piracy search filter, return to autocomplete

BitTorrent and uTorrent removed from Google piracy search filter, return to autocomplete

Over the years, Google has made a lot of changes to its search engine algorithms that control what content is returned for specific search terms. Google long ago implementing changes to its search results to block some access to content that had to do with digital piracy. Part of that move was to block certain terms such as BitTorrent and uTorrent from returning suggestions as the word was typed in.

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BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

We got a first look at the BitTorrent Bundle back in May when it was introduced as a new file format for content creators. Basically, this Bundle will allow those creators to package several items together for free with additional items being available for those who move forward and unlock it. We recently got a look at a BitTorrent Bundle in action when Madonna offered the secretprojectrevolution Bundle.

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