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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

BitTorrent’s Dark Weekend

Last weekend was a dark one for the BitTorrent Community. Several very large tracker and index sites, including Suprnova, TorrentBits, and TvTorrents have all gone down. Other sites such as Youceff Torrents faced legal action and servers were confiscated.

Other tracker sites struggled Saturday under the load of users looking for a new file sharing home. On Friday night, TorrentBits, a private tracker with a hundred thousand active members, closed down. Rumors were rampant, ranging from a simple hardware problem to police raids. Late Saturday night a message was posted to the TorrentBits IRC channel confirming the site would be down for a while, and that there had been no raids. A day later, the site itself had a good bye message indicating it would not return. Suprnova had a similar message after being down for the weekend.

Both sites claim that factors other than the recent legal action by the MPAA were the catalyst for their closing, but it is hard to believe that the raids on other sites didn’t have at least some influence on the administrators. Fortunately other sites have picked up the slack, with both public indexes and private trackers humming at high speeds under heavy loads after hardware upgrades. The MPAA has definitely struck a blow, but time will tell how deeply they were able to cut.

Update: TvTorrents.com has moved to TvTorrents.Tv

Saturday, December 18, 2004

TorrentBits.org down

It appears the fine site TorrentBits.org is down. This was posted in their IRC channel:

Site is down and will not be up for some time. It has not been raided as many think but rather closed for reasons we dont wanna discuss. Accept it. //Staff

Friday, December 17, 2004

Wired News: Hollywood Wants BitTorrent Dead

Here’s more of the Bit Torrent lawsuit hype that’s been in the news lately, with two things worth noting:

The MPAA’s legal actions are aimed at people who operate tracker servers, not individual downloaders of BitTorrent content….

MPAA representatives said Tuesday the organization had no plans to pursue legal action against BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen.

Methinks the tracker will soon be history, and the MPAA will be back to square one.

And, up until now the MPAA wouldn’t say if they were going to sue Bram Cohen. I’m glad they didnt pursue that route because Bit Torrent has a lot of legitimate potential.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

When will TV Networks Wake Up?

I was just scanning a list of recent TV torrents and I thought to myself, when the hell at TV networks going to wake up? Downloaded TV is possibly the best thing to happen to TV ever. To serve torrents you need relatively low bandwidth, especially for older shows which people will have downloaded and can seed. Folks running servers in their basement, relying on donations are able to serve up tons of shows, why not NBC? They could even include commercials in them; though people would fast forward there would still be a chance they get watched, and with TiVO stripping commercials already it’s not like the networks aren’t used to it.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Decentralized BitTorrents from Suprnova

Back in October, I wrote about the problem of centralization that I saw as the main flaw of the BitTorrent protocol. It’s obvious I wasn’t the only one who realized this problem, as Slyck.com is reporting Suprnova is planning on releasing a new breed of BitTorrent client, Exeem.

Exeem is a new file-sharing application being developed by the folks at SuprNova.org. Exeem is a decentralized BitTorrent network that basically makes everyone a Tracker…. Exeem will marry the best features of a decentralized network, the easy searchability of an indexing server and the swarming powers of the BitTorrent network into one program.

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