It's not uncommon for media companies to send in DMCA takedown requests to Google in order to have it removed from search listings and indexing, but sometimes it can get a bit ridiculous. Case in point: HBO is demanding that Google remove a link to a torrent listing of a version of VLC, the popular open-source media player.
We all find ourselves from time to time wondering if a particular corner of the Internet we were hoping to access is really down, or if it is just something on our side. Such is the case of Pirate Bay users the world over who can rest assured: it's not just you. For whatever reason, The Pirate Bay is down from one side of the world to the other, and no one is sure why.
The folks over at Torrent Freak have made a habit of monitoring certain known digital pirate havens using ScanEye, a BitTorrent tracking platform. While we assume that is mostly an uneventful task, yesterday they came across something very interesting: a dozen or so instances of adult content videos being seeded by an IP address originating from the RIAA, which is known for rabidly pursuing those who share content via torrent networks.
In case you missed it, yesterday the Department of Defense went after the much-publicized "The Liberator" 3D-printed gun, which has been successfully tested and can be created entirely (with the exception of the firing pin) with ABS plastic and a 3D printer. According to the US Department of Defense Trade Controls, the company responsible for the gun - Defense Distributed - could have violated the International Traffic in Arms Regulation by distributing the CAD file without authorization under the Arms Export Control Act. As a result, the file was pulled the same day it went live, but not after having been downloaded over 100,000 times. Now it has reached torrent websites, and there's no taking it back.
BitTorrent has been moving its way up in the world as far as introducing new features and services, and today's announcement goes right along with that. The company announced a new file format called Bundle, which will allow content creators to require users to pay or register an account before downloading the torrent.
A few days ago, Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, claimed that there was a correlation between the piracy rate in a given region and the availability of Netflix in said region. He says that torrent traffic goes down whenever Netflix comes to town. However, BitTorrent has spoken on the matter and says that Sarandos is woefully ill-informed.
Media companies have been in a constant battle with piracy for several years now with no end in site. However, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos thinks that the best way to fight piracy isn't through legislation or trying to catch people and throw them in jail, but rather to offer legal services that are reasonably priced.
On February 25th, several United States ISPs got together and decided to launch the Copyright Alert System (CAS) in order to stop online piracy. With the CAS, ISPs would be able to detect when one of their users downloaded files illegally, and they would issue a warning to the user. The ISPs call it the "6 strikes" program, where the user would be warned up to 6 times, with each consecutive warning being more aggressive than the previous. Pirates from all around wanted to test out just how efficient the new CAS system was.
The Pirate Bay has been the brunt of most legal battles dealing with piracy over the last few years, but apparently that isn't stopping the website from remaining incredibly popular. The torrent tracker has surpassed 4shared, Mediafire, and other popular file-sharing websites to become the world's largest once again.
The website and ecosystem known as The Pirate Bay are known for their involvement in the uploads and downloads of countless files across the internet and the legal ramifications of their involvement with said files - and this week they've moved to North Korea. Or so they say they did this month. In fact what they've done is to - so they say - set up a ruse to capture the attention of the public so that they public can become more aware of the fact that anyone can tell them a lie.