Earlier this year, Thom Yorke released his new album on BitTorrrent, selling it in a package that had to be paid for. Now, BitTorrent will let any artist release an album as a paid-for bundle.
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Downloading illegal content is not OK. If you're a search provider, though, should you be held responsible for the content of your search results if those results include a link to illegal videos and other copyrighted material? If you use a search engine recently patented by Disney, you won't accidentally find yourself clicking on links to torrents and illegal downloads -- they just won't be listed.
Briefly: A few months ago, we told you about BitTorrent Bleep, the plan to create super secure chat that uses the P2P BitTorrent protocol to avoid the third-party servers that can be used to spy on you. Today, it's been opened to a public Alpha testing stage so everyone can try it. Additionally, it's now available for both Mac and Android instead of just Windows.
Last October, BitTorrent (the company) announced an experimental plan to build a secure chat system using the protocol that's most famous for enabling file sharing. Today, we're getting our first look at the what will eventually become a finished product: BitTorrent Bleep.
If you've ever downloaded something via BitTorrent, odds are you've used (or seen) an app called Vuze. It's one of the internet's most prolific BitTorrent clients, and it's used for downloading countless terabytes of copyright-protected material every day. The developers of Vuze have hit back at the online piracy epidemic, condemning copyright theft and promoting legal torrents.
You remember Popcorn Time, the Netflix for torrents that suffered a self-inflicted death? Well, it never really died. The open source project lives on in the form of a forked app version, available for download for Mac, Windows and Linux. Today, it comes to Android.
BitTorrent Sync is basically explicitly designed for people who need to move huge amounts of data back and forth between different devices. Now the service is getting support for the network attached storage these types are likely to use.
If you're a musician who has worked hard on a new record, it must be pretty frustrating when it invariably leaks on BitTorrent. RuPaul just trolled would-be pirates with a fake leak of the album Born Naked.
Australian synth-pop dance machine Cut Copy just dropped a new music video for its song "Explorers", which is made with 3D-printed figures that play the faceless, adorable leading roles. It's really charming, and the band and production company are making it easy for you to remix the video to your hearts content. It's not just a fun video concept, it's a killer song too.
"Torrenting" is kind of a dirty word. It makes you think piracy, doesn't it? Well it shouldn't. Torrenting isn't illegal. It's not even morally ambiguous. It's just a way to send data, and it's awesome. Those are the points BitTorrent's trying to drive home with its rad new ad campaign.
Illegal piracy of TV and movies is becoming an epidemic around the world, and Australia is leading the way. We're top of the charts for illegal downloads of new shows and have been for some time. So with piracy so high, why in the name of sanity would Channel Seven decide to delay the screening Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, of one of this year's most anticipated shows, by not just a few hours or even a whole day, but by a whole week? Have you people learned nothing?