isoHunt shuts down, Vancouver operator ordered to pay $110 million US fine A Vancouver resident has agreed to shut down his popular downloading website and pay a $110-million fine after settling a long legal fight with the Motion Picture Association of America.
Gary Fung ran isohunt.com, a search engine for BitTorrent files, which helped users find virtually every type of copyrighted material, including music, movies, computer software, ebooks and pornography.
As of Friday, the site stated it linked to 13.7 million active BitTorrent files with 51 million users either uploading or download them.
According to Alexa.com, it ranked as the 423rd top site on the web for global traffic and 167th in Canada.
On his blog, Fung said he was "sad to see my baby go." [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu
on Oct 18, 2013 -
The American Assembly has released their much-anticipated and well-presented study on Copy Culture
. The random phone survey of 2303 Americans and 1000 Germans answers many questions about the demographics and public perception of file sharing and piracy. TorrentFreak pulls out some highlights
posted by gilrain
on Jan 15, 2013 -
“I’d had a career as a professional musician and what I started to see is that once we made information free, it wasn’t that we consigned all the big stars to the bread lines.” (They still had mega-concert tour profits.) “It was the middle-class people who were consigned to the bread lines. And that was a very large body of people. And all of a sudden there was this weekly ritual, sometimes even daily: ‘Oh, we need to organize a benefit because so and so who’d been a manager of this big studio that closed its doors has cancer and doesn’t have insurance. We need to raise money so he can have his operation.’ And I realized this was a hopeless, stupid design of society and that it was our fault. It really hit on a personal level—this isn’t working. And I think you can draw an analogy to what happened with communism, where at some point you just have to say there’s too much wrong with these experiments.” [more inside]
posted by philip-random
on Jan 9, 2013 -
Metallica ends Napster feud:
"Metallica has announced its entire back catalogue is to be made available on music streaming service Spotify, ending a 12-year feud with Napster co-founder Sean Parker.
Drummer Lars Ulrich appeared on stage with Mr Parker, a Spotify investor, to discuss their bitter legal battle that took place in 2000."
posted by marienbad
on Dec 8, 2012 -
In an attempt to make itself less desirable to copyright infringers, starting November 27, RapidShare will begin capping non-paying users
at 1 gigabyte of outbound downloads per day. (Paying users will have 30 gigabytes.) Meanwhile, controversial Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is planning a January debut for his new Mega
service - which plans to insure itself against litigation by having all hosted material encrypted by the uploader's browser before transmission.
posted by Egg Shen
on Nov 19, 2012 -
Three months after file sharing site Megaupload was shut down (previously
), and charged with criminal copyright violations
by the DOJ, the judge has expressed doubt
that the case will go to trial because the company has not been served with criminal papers. US-based lawyer for Megaupload Ira Rothken: "We don't believe Megaupload can be served in a criminal matter because it is not located within the jurisdiction of the United States." [more inside]
posted by bigZLiLk
on Apr 22, 2012 -
is a privacy preserving BitTorrent client that offers permissions for restricting access to shared content and sharing without attribution, with the anonymity being provided by fellow OneSwarm peers routing transfers. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on Feb 6, 2012 -
Artist Aram Bartholl (creator of CAPTCHA
has embedded USB sticks in various walls, buildings and curbs accessible throughout New York City for Dead Drops
: "an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space." (Flickr
) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 1, 2010 -
Remember when your computer just worked? Did you click 'OK' to that recommended update on programs like iTunes, Adobe Reader, or Yahoo Messenger, only to realize that the older version ran faster or had better features? Then Version Download
may be your solution. Includes back-level versions of browsers, audio and video, security and anti-virus, FTP, file-sharing and communications software.
posted by netbros
on Oct 10, 2009 -
is a clownsuit engine that searches for files upped to Rapidshare, Megaupload, SendSpace, ZShare, and other similar one click hosts. A great tool for locating full, rare, and out of print albums. [more inside]
posted by item
on Mar 21, 2008 -
Good Copy Bad Copy
is "a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture," featuring Danger Mouse, Lawrence Lessig, Dan Glickman of the MPAA and others. The film's creators are releasing it free of charge, via Bittorrent.
posted by jbickers
on Aug 3, 2007 -
What are The Residents
up to these days? The avant garde band (if you can legitimately call them avant garde
or a band
) made an odd
choice with their last/ongoing release, The River of Crime
. If you like physical objects, you can purchase a package with cover art, a blank cd-r and codes to a website where you can download them; if you don't, you can purchase the episodes, which are styled after old radio noirs, as podcasts or as a double album through itunes. Concurrently, they have been putting out a series of short films via youtube. The Timmy series
, based on a character created for the 1995 cd-ROM "A Day at The Midway"
, uses a mix of found footage, animation, music and voiceover to tell a series of short unrelated stories. As much as the band has done to keep up with technology over the last thirty-five years, they vehemently ">oppose
file sharing of their work, including the sharing of mp3s that they have put out for free on their own website. With that in mind, I wonder how the band feels about the amazing collection of concerts
and assorted other weirdness
you get when you type their name into YouTube
. [more inside]
posted by elr
on Dec 29, 2006 -
Locate open mp3s with Google!
From I-Hacked, where the author
describes this as "p2p file sharing, but Google is one of those people." At this point, the interface allows you to specify an artist or song name and it returns a google search of files with that name and an mp3 suffix. The peer to peer weblog
says that the trick relies on a default behavior of the Apache webserver.
Is it legal? Since the files in question were "left open in a public place" and since the application isn't necessarily limited to copyrighted materials, at least one blogger
thinks it could pass the key legal test of having "substantial non-infringing uses." What do you
posted by jasper411
on Sep 6, 2006 -
is back (kind of). It was such an unbelievably awesome file sharing program that its makers had to pull their peer caches after being served a cease and desist order in September 2005. Now it has been reincarnated as MXpie
. Even better . . . it's not spyware or adware.
posted by augustweed
on Jul 25, 2006 -
Remember Napster? Well, it's returned to its roots and is once again offering free music
via a revamped ad based web-site
. But according to their FAQ
, you can only listen to any given song up to 5 times before you'll be asked to pay for it. Even though this equates to roughly 10 million free plays, in an age where BitTorrent is king, will this pay off for the company? Some say no
, as the catches that come with this new system are just too many. But (for the moment at least) the share market is saying yes
posted by Effigy2000
on May 1, 2006 -
Welcome to the scene
is an interesting low budget soap opera that tells the story of a movie piracy group's workings via IMs and simultaneous video. If you're interested in the logistics of movie piracy (how do these groups work? what's their motivation? where do they get the movies? how do they avoid getting caught?) then this is for you. The story gets more engrossing as you go through the episodes, and the latest gives some insight into how script kiddies do their business. I'd never heard of tools like Metasploit
till I saw it. There are those who think the whole thing's a setup...
I personally doubt it, but one thing this series demonstrates is that for pirates, paranoia is key to survival.
posted by jcruelty
on Nov 3, 2005 -