What is the business model of BitTorrents

With the help of Apple: Operator of the file sharing site Kickass Torrents arrested

by Stefan Beiersmann

The investigators also use information from Facebook, several advertising agencies and banks. The authorities in Poland arrested the alleged kickass operator. The US judiciary puts the damage to the US entertainment industry at over a billion dollars. further

BitTorrent allegedly wants to outsource Sync as an independent company

by Bernd Kling

Former BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker is to take over the management of the new company. According to Variety, he wants to rename Sync to "Connect" and expand the tool for file synchronization as an alternative to services like Dropbox. BitTorrent, on the other hand, is increasingly focusing on media content with new co-CEOs. further

Advertisements on Pirate Bay infect visitors with ransomware

by Florian Kalenda

A false ad loaded the Magnitude exploit kit with a pop-under window. Above all, it taps victims for browser and Flash vulnerabilities. If it found a hole, it installed Cerber, known as "talking malware". It demands 1.25 Bitcoin or the equivalent of a good 500 euros. further

"Game of Thrones" most sought-after pirated copy via BitTorrent in 2015

by Florian Kalenda

It tops the ranking of TV series downloads for the fourth time in a row. An estimated 14.4 million are well over 8.1 million US television viewers and also double the second-placed "The Walking Dead". In addition, the interest of torrent users in higher resolutions than 480p is increasing. further

Study: 33 percent of all torrent servers distribute malware

by Florian Kalenda

Infection is also possible without actually downloading a torrent - through malvertising. Reportedly, torrent sites are a $ 70 million annual business. The study was commissioned by the Digital Citizens Alliance, which is regarded as the lobby organization for the film industry. further

BitTorrent Sync: mobile app with new features

by Bernd Kling

Users can now create new files on mobile devices and save them directly in the sync folder in order to share them with others. Editing of files in the shared folder is also possible. The update is available for download for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone. further

Pirate Bay founder Fredrik Neij released from prison

by Florian Kalenda

All four founders have thus served prison sentences. The now 37-year-old Neij is allowed to return to his home and family in Laos. After five years on the run, he was arrested on the border with Thailand in November 2014. further

BitTorrent introduces premium synchronization service

by Florian Kalenda

For $ 40 a year, Sync 2.0 Pro positions itself against cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. Unlike this, it does not require a central cloud server, which, according to BitTorrent, enables a much higher speed. The company also plans to introduce a mobile client with support for large files and a replication solution for distributing files in companies in 2015. further

Dutch court lifts The Pirate Bay's ban

by Florian Kalenda

It lasted for almost two years, but did not reduce the number of BitTorrent hits. The ruling initially only applies to two ISPs, namely XS4ALL and Ziggo. The Copyright Association can still go before the High Council of the Netherlands. further

Closed BitTorrent site Isohunt lives on as a clone

by Björn Greif

Fans have copied the original website and made it available again under the Isohunt.to domain. The almost perfect image uses the same interface and the same categories as well as torrent sites. Isohunt founder Gary Fung explicitly has nothing to do with the clone. further

Google's autocomplete is back to BitTorrent

by Bernd Kling

Since the beginning of 2011, the search engine has been censoring BitTorrent in its autocomplete function. Bit torrent, however, always emphasized that neither the open source protocol nor the company of the same name stands for piracy. Other terms from the field of file sharing have been deleted from autocomplete. further

Bit torrent: pirated copies are not our business model

by Bernd Kling

The company rejects reports of a "BitTorrent piracy record" as a mere invention. Reportedly, an episode of the Game of Thrones TV series had over 5 million downloads. In fact, BitTorrent has created a media ecosystem with 2 million legal and licensed media titles. further

Upside down world: The Pirate Bay wants to sue anti-piracy group

by Björn Greif

It accuses the Finnish Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Center of copyright infringement. They copied the design of the Pirate Bay site for a campaign website. Only instead of the moving pirate ship does it show a sinking frigate. further

File sharer fined $ 1.5 million

by Bernd Kling

It is the harshest verdict in a BitTorrent trial to date. The judge exhausted the maximum legally possible compensation for ten films shared. The videos contained digital watermarks. further

Report: First final of Windows 8 surfaced on the internet

by Björn Greif

This is supposedly an N edition of Windows 8 Enterprise, i.e. a version without Microsoft's Media Player. It can be found on relevant torrent sites. But it is still unclear whether the image is really real. further

Kino.to founder sentenced to four and a half years in prison

by Björn Greif

The Leipzig Regional Court found him guilty of massive copyright infringement. The judges interpreted his confession positively. He could face up to 15 years in prison. further

Anonymous hacking US Department of Justice servers

by Bernd Kling

The data stolen from a statistics agency also included internal emails. Members of the hacker collective have published a collection with a total of 1.7 GB. The file is distributed through The Pirate Bay. further

Attack on Virgin: Pirate Bay criticizes Anonymous

by Bernd Kling

The British provider has to block access to the torrent tracker by court order. Anonymous takes Virgin Media's website offline through DDoS attacks. The Pirate Bay, however, considers DDoS as well as bans for censorship. further

RapidShare and MediaFire distance themselves from Megaupload

by Anita Klingler

Your business model is supposedly different. RapidShare has also published an anti-piracy manifesto. It calls for a "responsible approach" from cloud storage companies. Repeat offenders want to ban it, for example. further

The programmer from Kino.to has to go to prison for almost four years

by Anita Klingler

The Leipzig Regional Court found him guilty of massive copyright infringement. The judges interpreted his confession from the end of March positively. He could face up to five years in prison. further

Paramount Pictures: Megaupload was just the beginning

by Bernd Kling

The Hollywood studios are targeting more filehosters. They urge criminal prosecution. So far, however, they have remained unsuccessful in a civil lawsuit against Hotfile. further

Kino.to programmer received up to 50,000 euros a month

by Anita Klingler

The streaming portal is said to have been financed by the owner of Gulli.com. Bastian P. stated that he always correctly taxed his income. Since 2008 he is said to have made a profit of 700,000 euros. further

O2 has to release data from over 9000 torrent users

by Anita Klingler

That was decided by a judge from the British Supreme Court. Two film companies have obtained the IP addresses of alleged copyright offenders. You want to warn users. further

Sweden determined again against The Pirate Bay

by Stefan Beiersmann

The hoster Binero is supposed to publish data about its customer The Pirate Bay. However, the company has not yet received a judicial order. The torrent tracker has long wanted to know about the investigation from various sources. further

P2P copyright infringement: landlord is not liable

from law firm Dr. Bahr

A landlord is not liable for a P2P copyright infringement committed by his tenant if he cannot be accused of being a perpetrator or participant and certain precautions have been taken. further

250 euros compensation for P2P upload of a film

from Dr. Bahr

An inadmissible download offer via a file sharing network is a copyright infringement. The rights holder is entitled to compensation and reimbursement of warning costs against the subscriber. A value in dispute of 15,000 euros is appropriate. further