Tagged With bittorrent

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The BBC has been very accommodating when it comes to providing access to the very latest in Doctor Who content. But how about the not-so-new? Turns out the broadcaster is more than happy to embrace the internet's strengths: it has made available 10 episodes of the most recent season via BitTorrent.

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As I recently discovered whilst trying to teach my roommate about torrenting — educationally, of course — downloading illegal stuff off the internet still isn't the easiest thing in the world. Bitport is a website that's trying to change all that: it will find, download, and stream your torrents to you, all with a stupid level of security and ease.

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After much humming and hawing, Sony released The Interview to the internet yesterday, charging $US6 for the privilege of seeing a CGI Kim Jong-Un go pop. And, because this is the internet, hundreds of thousands of people are repaying the favour by torrenting the crap out of it.

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Living in fear of Hollywood hunting you down for torrenting Game of Thrones? An extremely cut-down copyright law reform proposal spearheaded by government Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis could remove the possibility of direct or financial penalties on Australians who illicitly download copyrighted files.

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The (somewhat unlikely) fact that people who pirate movies are also more likely to spend money on movies has been well-known for a few years now. But thanks to a survey conducted by BitTorrent, we can now put a number on just how generous the pirates are.