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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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Lack of legal digital availability causes jump in movie piracy

Lack of legal digital availability causes jump in movie piracy

The issue of piracy -- its causes, its persisting reality, its effects -- have been debated to the moon and back. Numbers tell a story rooted in fact, however, and according to some statistics assembled and compared by a couple sources, lack of legally available digital movie options consistently results in an increase in piracy, something perhaps not surprising to those who have found themselves frustrated at the inability to find a movie through preferred online stores.

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London School of Economics analysts: Piracy is good for business

London School of Economics analysts: Piracy is good for business

Pirates, you have scholarly advocates in the London School of Economics. The LSE's Media Policy Project has published a report entitled "Copyright & Creation: A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing", and it argues that copyright infringement is not harming the creative industries nearly as much as is common believed. The authors even go so far as to assert that putative laws aimed at curtailing the "inclusive collaborative digital culture" actually stymies artistic expression and, by extension, the industries' long-term economic prognosis.

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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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Comcast reportedly making six-strikes alternative, pitching to other providers

Comcast reportedly making six-strikes alternative, pitching to other providers

The six-strike copyright system was leaked and talked about at length for many months, delayed once, and eventually launched back in February of this year. With it comes a series of warnings and eventual punishment on the behalf of many big-name ISPs for those caught pirating. Now sources have come forward to the folks over at Variety claiming that Comcast is working on an alternative system.

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HBO demands Google take down VLC torrent listing

HBO demands Google take down VLC torrent listing

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.

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