Tagged With p2p

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The lifespan of software is a curious thing. Unless a program is deemed irreplaceable by an industry (like Photoshop), most die out or are succeeded by a better — or cheaper — option a few years later. Even games, outside of retro collectors' items or unicorn hits (Diablo II), lose steam. After the downfall of Napster, Kazaa, Limewire and the rest of the early file-sharing clients, most people assumed that single source peer-to-peer (P2P) piracy programs — the kind where you download music or other files from exactly one user — died out. But one of them, Soulseek, weathered three of file-sharing's mass extinctions, and has quietly remained one of the best sources of obscure music.

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The Chief Content Officer of streaming giant Netflix claims the modern trend for easily streaming legal content is impacting on the more hardcore Bittorrent scene, with pirate traffic dropping in countries when Netflix switches on its servers. According to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, this is because “...people are mostly honest.”

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Livestreams are great and all, but they're all subject to a terrible reality: the more people who want to watch, the more likely it is the stream goes down. BitTorrent's P2P streaming service BitTorrent Live stands to change all that by actually drawing strength from the crowd, and it's here to start shaking up the scene.

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The file-sharing landscape is slowly adjusting in response to the continued push for more anti-piracy tools, the final Pirate Bay verdict, and the raids and arrests in the Megaupload case. Faced with uncertainty and drastic changes at file-sharing sites, many users are searching for secure, private and uncensored file-sharing clients. Despite the image its name suggests, RetroShare is one such future-proof client.

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There are plenty of things iOS can do that Android can't — Siri and Facetime, for example. However, Andorid may soon be getting its own exclusive feature: P2P file sharing courtesy of uTorrent, the most-used torrent client in the Western world.

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A porno house called Hard Drive Productions (obviously) has dutifully collected a swath of IP addresses associated with illegal downloads of its content. Now, as part of a mass lawsuit, the smut peddlers are petitioning for access to the names associated with those IP addresses.

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With the popular MegaUpload file sharing website shut down, several other online locker services, all of which have legal uses, are limiting their features or closing down entirely in an apparent effort to avoid MegaUpload's fate: a forced shutdown by the United States Department of Justice, FBI and National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, and the arrests of its operators.