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04/28 2010 | 05:22 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
The adult industry's Free Speach Coalition has produced a PSA that sorta looks like the MPAA's anti-piracy commercials used to look like some eight or ten years ago. Will it stop people from downloading porn? You be the judge...



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04/27 2010 | 11:22 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Those Germans: 25 percent of all krauts believe its okay to download unlicensed copies of music, movies or software, according to a new survey commissioned by the German IT industry association BITKOM. 63 percent on the other hand believe that downloaders should be held responsible for their actions.

Those results are published only days after another study found that 25 percent of all male users between the ages of 20 and 29 use file sharing networks to get their loot in Germany. Overall, seven percent of all Germans admitted to using file sharing networks

I guess those remaining 18 percent might be the ones that get the copies via the sneakernet...

04/27 2010 | 11:10 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
One-click file hoster RapidShare has begun to send cease and desist orders to websites that index its content, according to a Torrentfreak report. Some of the sites targeted are Rapidshare.net, Rapid.org and Rapidshare4movies.com. See a pattern here? Apparently RapidShare’s legal counsel did as well, which is why the host site is alleging trademark abuse and unfair competition. Continue reading on Newteevee.com.

04/20 2010 | 04:40 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Remember Leechpack, the cloud downloading service that makes it possible to download files via Bittorrent, Rapidshare, Megaupload and a number of other one-click-hosters straight to their server?

I reviewed Leechpack back in February
, and the site owners have told me that they now want to open it up to more users, which is why they gave me 100 invites for P2P Blog readers. Each invites comes with 1GB of free disk space and traffic. That's admittedly not much, but should be enough to give you an idea of what Leechpack is all about.

Try it out following this link, and let me know what you think about it in the comments!


04/08 2010 | 10:27 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Bittorrent Inc., maker of the popular uTorrent client, posted a number of new job openings this week that shine some light on the company's strategy to embrace the web and social networks as an extension of it P2P software. One of the job listings is for the position of a "frontend engineer" who is supposed to be experienced in Ajax/Javacript, CSS, web services and mashups. Part of it reads:

"You will be working on developing the next generation of BitTorrent services in close concert with the community and client development team. The challenges of the project are many, including redefining the way that users interact with their BitTorrent clients, building rich user interfaces, and introducing social aspects to BitTorrent."

Another job listing calls for a "python web engineer" who has experience with, among other things, the design of scalable web applications, cloud computing and Ajax. Again, the fairly revealing description:

"You will be working on developing the next generation of web-enabled BitTorrent services in close concert with the client development team. The challenges of the project are many, including creating a new BitTorrent user experience, building a highly available and scalable Web service, and ensuring the privacy of a potentially very large number of transactions."

Bittorrent Inc. recently rolled out a beta of a web interface dubbed Project falcon that makes it possible to remotely control uTorrent downloads, including the ability to access files, through an encrypted web session. The job listings clearly show that the company wants to embrace web interfaces like this even further, possibly enriching them with third-party data from social networks.

Apparently, there are also plans to expose some of this functionality to third-party developers who might one day be able to use Bittorrents web service APIs to build their own mashups. The companys job page currently also lists the position of a platform evangelist who is supposed to reach out to third-party developers and who has to have "familiarity with popular web technologies."

04/01 2010 | 12:01 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
New data from Arbor Networks shows that global P2P traffic is continuing to decline. In fact, P2P apps are the fastest declining application group, according to a report presented at the 77th IETF meeting in Anaheim last week. Here's a graph showing the rate of decline, in relationship to overall Internet traffic, from 2007 to 2009:

arbor p2p decline graph 1

And here's a list of apps and their weighted average grow and decline over the last two years:

arbor p2p decline 2

There's a few interesting things to point out here: VPN traffic has been growing significantly at the same time as P2P traffic has been declining, which could at least in part be caused by P2P users signing up for VPN services to hide their activity. Also, unclassified traffic includes P2P as well, with Arbor estimating that the total level of P2P traffic still is at around 18 percent, something the company's chief scientist Craig Labovitz calls "still significant values."

So where are all those users going that are abandoning P2P? Apparently, they're just getting their free media fix elsewhere, namely from one-click hosters. Arbor Networks was able to track traffic from Megaupload, and it's pretty significant.

arbor p2p decline graph 3

Why Megaupload? because that traffic was pretty easy to analyze. The company switched to a fairly small hosting company at the end of 2008, which has since seen an explosion of traffic that makes it easy to pinpoint it to Megaupload. Of course, there's reason to believe that Rapidshare is at least as big, if not even bigger, which should mean that one-click traffic is even more significant.