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  1. Hi guys I just bought a Surface windows 8.1 RT and is nice but I don't like it because you can't use the desktop apps Only the apps that you buy from the Store...I've read that with Windows 8.0 RT you could use a jailbreak to use the desk apps Any way I would like to know if you have this tablet what do you think about it
  2. Making a list of the world’s most-visited torrent sites has been a long-standing tradition at TF, which we continue today. At the start of 2015 KickassTorrents is pulling in most traffic followed by Torrentz. File-sharing icon The Pirate Bay is currently down, but gets a mention thanks to a popular copy. Most torrent users rarely change their downloading habits or the places where they get their daily torrent dose. This is also reflected in our annual top 10 where most sites have had a consistent listing for more than half a decade. Like every year there are a few movers and shakers though, and the biggest impact was made by the Pirate Bay raid early last month. The notorious torrent site has been crowned the most popular torrent site since 2008, but isn’t serving any torrents at the beginning of this year. As a result, the top spot is now taken by KickassTorrents. The Pirate Bay hasn’t gone away completely though. There are currently several popular clones and copies of the site that together can easily match the traffic of most other sites that are listed. Thanks to one of its top copies TPB managed to secure a spot in 4th place. Considering the situation we decided to mention both the original Pirate Bay domain and the most-used copy. The rest of the top 10 consists of other familiar names. Bitsnoop.com is the only site to drop from the list, with Limetorrents.cc taking its place. Demonoid, which returned online earlier this year, just fell out of the top 10 but appears to be making a slow but steady comeback that’s worth mentioning. There is a good chance that it will return again next year. Below is the full list of the top 10 most-visited torrent sites at the start of the new year. Only public and English language content sites are included. The list is based on various traffic reports and we display the Alexa and U.S. Compete rank for each. In addition, we include last year’s ranking for each of the 10 sites. 1. KICKASSTORRENTS KickassTorrents was founded in 2009 and surpassed The Pirate Bay in traffic this year, even before it went down. Battling various censorship efforts the site has burned through a few different domain names over the years. Most recently it switched to the Somalian Kickass.so address. ALEXA RANK: 151 / COMPETE RANK: 711 / LAST YEAR #2 2. TORRENTZ Torrentz has been the leading BitTorrent meta-search engine for many years. Unlike the other sites featured in the list Torrentz does not host any torrent files, it merely redirects visitors to other places on the web. The site uses several domain names with .eu being the most popular. ALEXA RANK: 206 / COMPETE RANK: 1.716 / LAST YEAR #3 3. EXTRATORRENT ExtraTorrent continues to gain more traffic and has become one of the most active torrent communities. The site is also the home of the popular ETTV and ETRG release groups. ALEXA RANK: 356 / COMPETE RANK: 3,446 / LAST YEAR #4 4. THE PIRATE BAY (COPIES AND CLONES) At the time of writing The Pirate Bay isn’t serving any torrents. However, there are several copies and clones of the site which, at least temporarily, take its place. OldPiratebay.org is currently the most popular and based on its recent traffic the site is already ranked at least 4th in this list. ALEXA RANK: NA / COMPETE RANK: NA / LAST YEAR #1 5. YTS YTS, also known as the release group “YIFY,†has become the most recognizable movie piracy brands on the Internet. Despite a court court-ordered ISP blockade in the UK the group’s torrent site continues expand. ALEXA RANK: 740 / COMPETE RANK: 4,271 / LAST YEAR #5 6. EZTV TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is a niche site specializing in TV content only. Because of its narrow focus, EZTV’s traffic varies in line with the TV seasons. Despite posting only a few dozen torrents per week it attracts millions of visitors. ALEXA RANK: 1,262 / COMPETE RANK: 5,421 / LAST YEAR #6 7. RARBG RARBG, which started out as a Bulgarian tracker, was last year’s newcomer and continues to rake in more visitors. The site was blocked by UK ISPs last month, which put it on par with most other sites in the top 10. ALEXA RANK: 1,326 / COMPETE RANK: 8,890 / LAST YEAR #10 8. ISOHUNT.TO Isohunt.to was launched in 2013, less than two weeks after isoHunt.com shut down. The site is not affiliated with the old isoHunt but hopes to keep its spirit alive. The same people are also behind Oldpiratebay.org, which is is listed in 4th place. ALEXA RANK: 1,890 / COMPETE RANK: 7,723 / LAST YEAR #8 9. 1337X 1337x is a community driven torrent site. The site’s owners say they launched 1337x to “fill an apparent void where it seemed there was a lack of quality conscience ad free torrent sites with public trackers.†This year the site dropped its .org domain and is now operating from 1337x.to. ALEXA RANK: 2,581 / COMPETE RANK: 11,389 / LAST YEAR #7 10. LIMETORRENTS Limetorrents.cc has been around for several years already, and regained a spot in the top 10 this year. The site appeared in the news this summer after it was sued by LionsGate for posting a link to a leaked copy of The Expendables 3. The case is still ongoing. ALEXA RANK: 2,608 / COMPETE RANK: 3,984 / LAST YEAR #NA Disclaimer: Yes, we know that Alexa isn’t perfect and that Compete has plenty of flaws, but combined both do a pretty good job at comparing sites that operate in a similar niche. http://torrentfreak.com/top-popular-torrent-sites-2015-150104/
  3. Hello Invite Scene, Well, It's time to find out The Best Hollywood Movies of 2014. Tell us which movies you have watched and why you liked them? Finally, let see which movies win the Big Hit. So, let the game begins! If you think of some other movies that is not in the list you can post it here, A little bit spamming is allowed!
  4. Downloading torrents can be a game of Russian roulette, with copyright holders monitoring networks for infringement and some demanding cash to make lawsuits go away. In its early days of development, TorrentTags aims to help people torrent safely while assisting copyright holders to reduce piracy. You’ve spotted a hot music torrent in the top 100 most popular downloads on The Pirate Bay. You’re keen to obtain it but if you grab it now, the chances are that several anti-piracy companies will monitor the transaction. Whether that decision will result in a strike on your ISP account, a $3,000 lawsuit, a $20 fine, or absolutely nothing at all, depends largely on a combination of luck and a collision of circumstances. However, a project currently in beta aims to better inform users whether the torrent they’re about to grab is of interest to anti-piracy companies. Created by a team of Australian software developers in response to tougher anti-piracy legislation, TorrentTags is currently building a user-searchable database which aims to provide a level of ‘risk’ advice on any given torrent while helping to reduce piracy. TorrentTags obtains its data in two ways. Firstly, it uses the Chilling Effects database to import the details of torrents that have already been subjected to a DMCA notice on feeder sites including Google search, Twitter and Facebook. Second, and more controversially, the site is calling on rightsholders to submit details and hashes of content they do not want freely shared on BitTorrent. These can then be added to the TorrentTags database so that when people search for content, warnings are clearly displayed. “Rightsholders can inform torrent users about copyrighted torrents by sending claims to our database. This is likely to lead to a decrease in the number of downloads of those torrents,†the team informs TF. However, the team also views the problem from another angle. Concerned by companies such as Dallas Buyers Club LLC using downloaders as a cash-settlement revenue stream, TorrentTags would like to see public declarations placed on their site to warn potential targets in advance. “Without a public claim [by copyright holders] the monitoring of users’ activity with the goal of suing would be equivalent to ‘honeypot’ strategies. This is because, from a user’s perspective, any torrent without a public claim is indistinguishable from a torrent created by a copyright owner with the aim of operating a ‘honeypot’,†the team explain. WARNING: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB And herein lies a problem. While it seems unlikely that companies like DBC are operating their own ‘honeypots’, copyright trolls do rely on users sharing their content on BitTorrent in order to track and eventually demand settlement from them. It is therefore unlikely that the most ‘dangerous’ torrents would be voluntarily submitted to TorrentTags by those monitoring them. It’s certainly possible for information to be added to the database once a lawsuit is made public, but by this time many downloaders will have already been caught. Of course, it may serve as assistance for the future, but it’s also worth noting that Dallas Buyers Club have been suing people publicly for years and still people continue to download the movie. On the other hand, for companies that simply don’t want their content shared in public, submitting data to a site like TorrentTags might be a way to deter at least some people from downloading their content without permission. Whether they could be encouraged to do so in large volumes remains to be seen – a strong level of participation from a broad range of rightsholders will be required in order to maximize the value of the resource. While certainly an interesting concept, the TorrentTags team have significant hurdles to overcome to ensure that users of the site aren’t inadvertently misled. Although the importation of millions of notices from Chilling Effects is a good start, the existence of a DMCA notice doesn’t necessarily mean that a torrent is being monitored by trolls. Equally, just because a torrent isn’t listed as ‘dangerous’ it shouldn’t automatically be presumed that it’s safe to download. In some ways TorrentTags faces some of the same challenges presented to blocklist providers. Although some users swear by them, IP blockers are well-known for not only overblocking, but also letting through a significant number of IP addresses that they should’ve blocked. Time will tell how the balance will be achieved. Nevertheless, if TorrentTags indeed develops in the manner envisioned by its creators, it could turn into a fascinating resource, not only for BitTorrent users but also those researching anti-piracy methods. “We hope that TorrentTags will be able to serve as a comprehensive and easily accessible claim database for users. We also hope that TorrentTags will help dissolve the social stigma unjustly associated with Torrents and allow them to be widely used by society for file sharing purposes,†the team conclude. https://torrentfreak.com/torrenttags-a-database-of-risky-torrents-150621/
  5. The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Get Hard' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Jurassic World.' 'Cinderella' completes the top three. This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Get Hard is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer torrentfreak.com 1 (1) Get Hard 6.1 / trailer 2 (4) Jurassic World (TS) 7.7 / trailer 3 (…) Cinderella 7.3 / trailer 4 (2) Run All Night 6.7 / trailer 5 (3) Kingsman: The Secret Service 8.1 / trailer 6 (…) The Gunman 5.6 / trailer 7 (5) Chappie 7.1 / trailer 8 (…) Woman in Gold 7.5 / trailer 9 (6) San Andreas Quake 2.1 / trailer 10 (7) Furious 7 (Subbed/cropped HDRip) 8.8 / trailer
  6. Today, downloading a pirated music track just takes a few seconds. How different was this twenty years ago, when a single MP3 was stored on four 1.44 MB floppy disks. Journalist and book author Stephen Witt takes us back in time, with a brief history of how it all started. The Dawn of Online Music Piracy By 1994, the development of the first mp3 encoder was complete. Working at an audio research laboratory at Germany’s state-funded Fraunhofer Institute, engineers had labored for seven years and spent millions of dollars to develop a functioning prototype. The encoder was marvelous—by exploiting inherent flaws in the human ear, it could reduce the size of compact disc audio by more than 90%, with minimal losses in quality. But Fraunhofer had been outmaneuvered in the marketplace, and couldn’t generate sales. In desperation, they decided to distribute their encoder for free. They began by handing out floppy disks at trade shows and conferences. Soon, distribution moved to the Internet, with a limited-functionality DOS-based encoder posted on Fraunhofer’s FTP sites. The encoder was supposed to produce only low-bitrate files, and stop working after 20 uses. Quickly, it was cracked. By late 1995, USENET was awash with pirated music files. Most of these were simple demonstrations of the technology, not full songs. Modern conveniences make it hard to remember the limitations of media distribution of the time; bandwidth meant 28,800 bits per second over a screeching telephone line, and compressing an mp3 from a CD meant a dedicated hour of CPU resources, accompanied by the buzz of a whirring fan. The underground pirates of the Scene first adopted the technology in August of 1996. The pioneering group was Compress ‘Da Audio (CDA); their first release was Metallica’s “Until It Sleeps.†The full song was stored as a RAR file across four 3.5†floppy disk drives. These disks were then sent through the mail. Compress ‘Da Audio’s first releases, from the Affinity scene zine. afflinity 3 early mp3 releases By late August, the rival Digital Audio Crew (DAC) had moved into the space; they posted an mp3-ripping tutorial to USENET, along with a direct link to Fraunhofer’s FTP site, accompanied by the serial numbers needed to unlock the encoder. By the start of 1997, piracy had moved from floppy disks to campus servers, and processing power had doubled. Scene groups started releasing whole albums, not just individual singles. The files were no longer distributed through the postal service, but instead through IRC networks, FTP sites and even HTML links. The Scene celebrated a “0-day†mentality—one gained notoriety by being the first to post pirated material to the Net. With music, that meant getting inside the retail industry’s supply chain. The pioneering Scene group Rabid Neurosis (RNS) began infiltrating record stores, exploiting offset international release dates, and recruiting music journalists and commercial radio DJs. Music became available on the Internet weeks, sometimes months, before it was due in stores. In time, RNS became the dominant player, sourcing thousands of pre-release albums from Dell Glover and Tony Dockery, two workers at a North Carolina CD manufacturing plant. RNS’ first release, distributed on four 1.44 MB disks (NFO) A generation came of age in that IRC underground—for many users it was their formative experience online. Included were Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, who’d met in an chat channel, where they’d shared their frustrations with the inefficiencies of late-90s file-swapping. Fanning, 18, wrote 80,000 lines of code, for a new peer-to-peer platform he called Napster. Parker, 19, was deputized to promote it. In June of 1999, the software débuted. The golden age of online piracy had begun. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Stephen Witt is a journalist from Brooklyn, New York. He’s the author of “How Music Got Free,†a well-researched book about the rise of music piracy and the key players that contributed to the early success of online file-sharing. https://torrentfreak.com/the-dawn-of-online-music-piracy-150620/
  7. Several music industry organizations in the UK have won a judicial review which renders the Government's decision to allow copying for personal use unlawful. According to the High Court, there's insufficient evidence to prove that the legislation doesn't hurt musicians and the industry at large. Late last year the UK Government legalized copying for private use, a practice which many citizens already believed to be legal. However, until last October, anyone who transferred music from a purchased CD to an MP3 player was committing an offense. The change was “in the best interest†of consumers, the Government reasoned, but several music industry organizations disagreed. In November the Musicians’ Union (MU), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music applied for a judicial review of the new legislation. While the groups are not against private copying exceptions, they disagreed with the Government’s conclusion that the change would cause no financial harm to the music industry. Instead of keeping copies free, they suggested that a tax should be applied to blank media including blank CDs, hard drives, memory sticks and other blank media. This money would then be shared among rightsholders, a mechanism already operating in other European countries. Today the High Court largely agreed with the music industry groups. The Government’s conclusion that copyright holders will not suffer any significant harm was based on inadequate evidence, Mr Justice Green ruled. “In conclusion, the decision to introduce section 28B [private copying] in the absence of a compensation mechanism is unlawful,†the Judge writes. The Judge didn’t agree with all claims from the music groups. For example, he rejected the allegation that the Government had unlawfully predetermined the outcome of the private copying consultation. Nonetheless, the application for a judicial review succeeded meaning that the private copying exceptions are now deemed unlawful. As a result, the Government will likely have to amend the legislation, which took roughly half a decade to implement. The UK music groups are happy with the outcome and are eager to discuss possible changes with lawmakers. “The High Court agreed with us that Government acted unlawfully. It is vitally important that fairness for songwriters, composers and performers is written into the law,†UK Music CEO Jo Dipple commented on the ruling. “Changes to copyright law that affect such a vital part of the creative economy, which supports one in twelve jobs, must only be introduced if there is a robust evidential basis for doing so,†Dipple added. The High Court scheduled a new hearing next month to decide what action should be taken in response to the judgment, including whether the private copying exceptions should be scrapped from law. https://torrentfreak.com/uks-legalization-of-cd-ripping-is-unlawful-court-rules-150619/
  8. You may have noticed intermittent tracker errors while we've been working on fixing up some old tracker scrape code. On the plus side, multiscrape should now be fully functional. If your client is still not handling it well, please let me know so I can correct the issue.
  9. The season finale of Game of Thrones has set a new piracy record, with 1.5 million downloads in eight hours, a number that will swell to over 10 million during the days to come. In addition, the episode is also on track to break the all-time record for the number of people sharing a single file at the same time. The fifth season of Game of Thrones has been the most-viewed so far, both through official channels and among pirates. With this in mind the season finale was expected to be a record breaker, and it didn’t disappoint. With the Internet abuzz over the latest plot twist and turns, many people turned to torrent sites to grab a pirated copy of the show, which appeared online shortly after the broadcast ended. Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that during the first eight hours, the season finale has been downloaded an estimated 1.5 million times already. Never before have we seen this many downloads in such a short period of time, and last year it took half a day to reach the same number. Based on this figure, the download count is expected to increase to more than 10 million during the days to come. The lower quality 480p copies of the show remain by far the most popular among downloaders, followed by 720p and 1080p copies respectively. A brief inspection of the download locations shows that Game of Thrones pirates come from all over the world, as we’ve seen previously. The show is particularly popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and India. While HBO began warning individual downloaders earlier this year, the piracy demand appears to keep growing. In addition to the 1.5 million downloads the latest episode is also on track to beat the piracy swarm record. At the time of writing the Demonii tracker reports that 224,367 people are sharing a single torrent at the same time. 150,003 are sharing a complete copy of that particular torrent while 74,364 are still downloading. The current record stands at a quarter million active sharers, but this is usually reached later in the day. We will update this article in a few hours with an updated count. Over the past three years Game of Thrones has been the most pirated TV-show. Based on the number of downloads this season, the same result will be achieved in 2015. https://torrentfreak.com/game-of-thrones-season-finale-breaks-piracy-record-150615/
  10. The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Get Hard' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Run All Night.' 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' completes the top three. This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Get Hard is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer torrentfreak.com 1 (…) Get Hard 6.1 / trailer 2 (1) Run All Night 6.7 / trailer 3 (2) Kingsman: The Secret Service 8.1 / trailer 4 (…) Jurassic World 7.7 / trailer 5 (3) Chappie 7.1 / trailer 6 (4) San Andreas Quake 2.1 / trailer 7 (7) Furious 7 (Subbed/cropped HDRip) 8.8 / trailer 8 (5) Home 6.8 / trailer 9 (10) Blackhat 5.4 / trailer 10 (6) Unfinished Business 5.2 / trailer
  11. The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Run All Night' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service.' 'Chappie' completes the top three. This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Run All Night is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer torrentfreak.com 1 (…) Run All Night 6.7 / trailer 2 (1) Kingsman: The Secret Service 8.1 / trailer 3 (2) Chappie 7.1 / trailer 4 (3) San Andreas Quake 2.1 / trailer 5 (5) Home 6.8 / trailer 6 (8) Unfinished Business 5.2 / trailer 7 (6) Furious 7 (Subbed/cropped HDRip) 8.8 / trailer 8 (…) Pitch Perfect 2 7.0 / trailer 9 (4) Avengers: Age of Ultron (CAM/TS) 8.0 / trailer 10 (..td> Blackhat 5.4 / trailer
  12. The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Chappie.' 'San Andreas Quake' completes the top three. This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer torrentfreak.com 1 (1) Kingsman: The Secret Service 8.1 / trailer 2 (…) Chappie 7.1 / trailer 3 (…) San Andreas Quake 2.1 / trailer 4 (5) Avengers: Age of Ultron (CAM/TS) 8.0 / trailer 5 (4) Home 6.8 / trailer 6 (6) Furious 7 (Subbed/cropped HDRip) 8.8 / trailer 7 (2) Ex Machina 8.0 / trailer 8 (…) Unfinished Business 5.2 / trailer 9 (3) Jupiter Ascending 5.8 / trailer 10 (8) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 6.3 / trailer
  13. In a landmark lawsuit over the legality of the Dutch Pirate Bay blockade, Attorney General Van Peursem has advised that the case should be sent to EU Court of Justice. Among other things, the Attorney General wants the EU Court to rule whether The Pirate Bay communicates illegal content to the public. Early last year The Court of The Hague handed down its decision in a long running case which had previously forced two Dutch ISPs, Ziggo and XS4ALL, to block The Pirate Bay. The Court ruled against local anti-piracy outfit BREIN, concluding that the blockade was ineffective and restricted the ISPs’ entrepreneurial freedoms. Responding to the verdict the two ISPs quickly unblocked the site and various other Dutch ISPs followed suit. Meanwhile, the Hollywood-backed group took its case all the way to the Supreme Court and today Advocate General Van Peursem published his conclusion after a careful review. The Advocate General advises the Supreme Court to stay the proceedings between BREIN and the Internet providers in order to seek clarification from the EU Court of Justice on several matters. The first question that requires a European review is whether The Pirate Bay is actually communicating illegal content to the public. If this isn’t the case then the EU Court should rule whether ISPs can be ordered to block the site on other grounds. A decision at the European level will be important, as it may also affect court orders in other countries, such as the UK, Italy and Belgium. When the questions are resolved at the EU Court, the Advocate General advises to redo the entire trial noting that The Court of The Hague was too strict when it concluded that the blockade was ineffective and disproportional. The Advocate General’s advice is not binding so it’s not yet certain whether the case will be referred to the EU Court of Justice. However, in most cases the recommendations are followed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is expected to release its verdict on October 9th. https://torrentfreak.com/attorney-general-doubts-legality-of-pirate-bay-blockade-150529/
  14. Rightscorp, the piracy monetization company that works with Warner Bros. and other prominent copyright holders, goes to great lengths to reach allegedly pirating subscribers. The company offered Cox Communications a cut of the piracy settlements if they agreed to forward their notices, the ISP revealed in court. Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp has made headlines over the past year, often because of its aggressive attempts to obtain settlements from allegedly pirating Internet users. Working on behalf of various copyright owners including Warner Bros. and BMG the company sends copyright infringement notices to Internet providers in the U.S. and Canada. These notices include a settlement proposal, offering alleged downloaders an option to pay off their “debt.†Rightscorp’s practices haven’t been without controversy. The company and its clients have been sued for abuse and harassment and various large ISPs refuse to forward the settlements to their subscribers. Cox Communications, one of the larger Internet providers in the U.S. also chose not to work with Rightscorp. The ISP didn’t comment on this refusal initially, but now that Cox has been sued by several Rightscorp clients, it reveals why. In a statement that leaves little to the imagination, Cox notes that Rightscorp is “threatening†subscribers with “extortionate†letters. “Rightscorp is in the business of threatening Internet users on behalf of copyright owners. Rightscorp specifically threatens subscribers of ISPs with loss of their Internet service — a punishment that is not within Rightscorp’s control — unless the subscribers pay a settlement demand,†Cox writes (pdf). As a result, the ISP decided not to participate in the controversial scheme unless Rightscorp revised the notifications and removed the extortion-like language. “Because Rightscorp’s purported DMCA notices were, in fact, improper threats against consumers to scare them into paying settlements to Rightscorp, Cox refused to accept or forward those notices, or otherwise to participate in Rightscorp’s extortionate scheme.†“Cox expressly and repeatedly informed Rightscorp that it would not accept Rightscorp’s improper extortion threat communications, unless and until Rightscorp revised them to be proper notices.†The two parties went back and forth over the details and somewhere in this process Rightscorp came up with a controversial proposal. The company offered Cox a cut of the settlement money its subscribers would pay, so the ISP could also profit. “Rightscorp had a history of interactions with Cox in which Rightscorp offered Cox a share of the settlement revenue stream in return for Cox’s cooperation in transmitting extortionate letters to Cox’s customers. Cox rebuffed Rightscorp’s approach,†Cox informs the court. This allegation is something that was never revealed, and it shows to what great lengths Rightscorp is willing to go to get ISPs to comply. It’s not clear whether the same proposal was made to other ISPs are well, but that wouldn’t be a surprise. Cox, however, didn’t take the bait and still refused to join the scheme. Rightscorp wasn’t happy with this decision and according to the ISP, the company and its clients are now getting back at them through the “repeat infringer†lawsuit. “This lawsuit is, in effect, a bid both to punish Cox for not participating in Rightscorp’s scheme, and to gain leverage over Cox’s customers for the settlement shakedown business model that Plaintiffs and Rightscorp jointly employ,†Cox notes. Despite the strong language and extortion accusations used by Cox, the revelations didn’t prevent the Court from granting copyright holders access to the personal details of 250 accused copyright infringers. The case is just getting started though, and judging from the aggressive stance being taken by both sides we can expect a lot more dirt to come out in the months ahead. https://torrentfreak.com/rightscorp-offered-internet-provider-a-cut-of-piracy-settlements-150525/
  15. The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Ex Machina.' 'Home' completes the top three. This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer torrentfreak.com 1 (5) Kingsman: The Secret Service 8.1 / trailer 2 (1) Ex Machina 8.0 / trailer 3 (3) Jupiter Ascending 5.8 / trailer 4 (…) Home 6.8 / trailer 5 (…) Avengers: Age of Ultron (CAM/TS) 8.0 / trailer 6 (4) Furious 7 (Subbed/cropped HDRip) 8.8 / trailer 7 (2) Project Almanac 6.3 / trailer 8 (…) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 6.3 / trailer 9 (9) Focus 6.7 / trailer 10 (6) American Sniper 7.4 / trailer
  16. A long-running criminal case against a private torrent site and its hosting provider has come to an end. After more than three and a half years, the site admin was found guilty of copyright infringement but allowed to keep site donations. The site's webhost, who refused to take down the site without a court order, was completely acquitted. Following a complaint from Swedish anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån, in November 2011 police carried out raids in two locations against private torrent site TTi, aka The Internationals. In one location police targeted site owner Joel Larsson. In another, Patrik Lagerman, boss of web-hosting firm PatrikWeb, the company providing hosting for the torrent site. The case against Larsson centered around the unlawful distribution of copyrighted video content by his site’s users. Lagerman was accused of aiding that infringement after he refused to take the site down following a request (not backed by a court order) from Antipiratbyrån. The case dragged on for more than three and a half years but concluded earlier this month. The judgment was handed down yesterday and its one of mixed fortunes. Larsson previously admitted to being the operator of TTi and also the person who accepted donations from site members, an amount equivalent to around US$12,000. He also insisted that he never controlled the content shared by his site’s users. In its judgment, however, the court noted that files found on a confiscated PC revealed details of meetings with site staff indicating that Larsson fully understood that the site was involved in the exchange of infringing content. The Court found Larsson guilty of copyright infringement and sentenced him to 90 hours community service. If prison had been suggested by the prosecutor he would have served three months. The Court also seized several servers connected with the site but rejected a prosecution claim for the forfeiture of $12,000 in site donations after it was determined Larsson spent the same amount keeping the site running. For Patrik Lagerman, the site’s host, things went much better. Despite finding that Lagerman had indeed been involved in the site’s operations by providing hosting and infrastructure, he was deemed not negligent for his refusal to take down the site without a court order. He was acquitted on all charges. Commenting on the judgment, Sara Lindbäck at Rights Alliance told TorrentFreak that getting a conviction was the important thing in this case. “The person responsible for the illegal service was found guilty. That is the important part in the ruling. The illegal services are causing tremendous damages to the rights holders,†Lindbäck said. “In this case the person had also received substantial amounts in donations, in other words receiving money for content that somebody else has created.†Speaking on Lagerman’s acquittal, Lindbäck acknowledged that the situation had been less straightforward. “Regarding the hosting provider, the court did not find him responsible for copyright infringement. The legal aspects to the responsibility for hosting providers is of course interesting legally. We will now analyze the ruling further and see what consequences it can have in the future.†Rights Alliance did not reveal whether it intends to appeal, but considering the amount of time already passed since the arrests in 2011, that seems unlikely. https://torrentfreak.com/webhost-owner-cleared-of-aiding-torrent-site-piracy-150523/
  17. The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ex Machina' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Project Almanac.' 'Jupiter Ascending' completes the top three. This week we have four newcomers in our chart. Ex Machina is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer torrentfreak.com 1 (…) Ex Machina 8.0 / trailer 2 (…) Project Almanac 6.3 / trailer 3 (1) Jupiter Ascending 5.8 / trailer 4 (2) Furious 7 (Subbed/cropped HDRip) 8.8 / trailer 5 (4) Kingsman: The Secret Service 8.1 / trailer 6 (3) American Sniper 7.4 / trailer 7 (…) Chappie 7.2 / trailer 8 (5) Run All Night 6.9 / trailer 9 (…) Focus 6.7 / trailer 10 (7) Fifty Shades of Grey 4.2 / trailer
  18. Tracker Name HD4Free Genre General HD Tracker Signup Link https://hd4free.xyz/signup.php Additional comments HD4Free is kinda new Private Torrent Tracker for HD MOVIES / TV / Porn / GENERAL HD4Free is the main tracker for the great LEGi0N encodes Plus few other internal release groups. Open Signups are open for 1 week
  19. Unless you’re some Tibetan monk who’s taken a vow of poverty, you probably wish for a bigger financial payoff for your daily work efforts. Well, the two leading stars of Fifty Shades of Grey appear to be no different. Both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reportedly seek a greater, sexier stipend when they negotiate to return for the film’s prospective sequels, starting with Fifty Shades Darker. According to The Hollywood Reporter, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be looking for a salary somewhere in the seven figure range, after having been paid $250,000 plus some tiered box-office bonuses without backend compensation for their onscreen display of irregular recreational ribaldry. The justification for such a bump is pretty well obvious, seeing as Fifty Shades of Grey became a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon which is currently about to round a $550 million global gross. However, despite the film’s unmitigated financial accomplishment, there are still questions regarding its franchise compatibility. Behind the scenes, things were reportedly anything but harmonious between director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E.L. James, which has resulted in an apparent vacancy in the director’s chair for the sequel. Additionally, scriptwriter Kelly Marcel will also not be returning for a second helping, according to reports, leaving the sequels -- supposedly set for a 2016 and 2017 shoot -- in a bit of a bind. (And not the sexy kind.) Additionally, after an impressive, well-timed Valentine’s Day weekend debut, the film experienced an abrupt 70% second week drop off; a rather unusual decline in attendance for something that seemingly injected itself into all aspects of culture around the world. One might surmise that this indicates that the Fifty Shades phenomenon was simply attributed to morbid, prurient curiosity generated by the loads of press regarding its notorious depiction of BDSM sex acts…and maybe nothing more. Such an idea might make even an amateur box-office analyst question the wisdom behind throwing a bunch of money at the stars of a project that could find itself with a serious case of "yesterday’s news-itus" by the time its prospective sequel rolls around. Reviews for the film were generally vicious, including our own, which didn’t exactly bury the lede, coming out with the words, "limp and lifeless." Yet, the same could be said of the reception for the enormously successful 2011 book of the same name from which the film was inspired. Sales of the subsequent sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, both released in 2012, also managed to stay solid, riding the timely tidal wave of hype created by the first book. However, it may be the case that the success of the artistically divisive live-action film may prove to be the zenith of the overall franchise. The broader, curiosity-lead appeal that stands to generate $550 million at the box-office will NOT be repeated. Despite the inauspicious array of doom and gloom variables, the sequel will most likely happen. At the end of the day, the real story here is about "Fifty Shades of Green." While Fifty Shades Darker will most likely not be the money-maker of its predecessor, it will at least finally provide its stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan with a level of compensation that justifies the possible typecasting effect these films could have on their careers.
  20. An intriguing case dating back more than 3.5 years ended this week when two men went on criminal trial in Sweden. One was the former sysop of a 26,000 member private BitTorrent tracker. The other provided the site with web hosting and allegedly refused to take the site down when copyright holders asked. In 2009 during the wake of the original Pirate Bay trial and the jail sentences for its operators, Swedish anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån sent out a batch of warnings to other sites hosted in Sweden. One of the sites that initially decided to shut down was known as The Internationals, or TTi for short. In the event the closure was short-lived and just a month later the 26,000 member site was back online and operating largely as usual. The return lasted for more than two years, but then it all fell apart. A police investigation led to November 2011 raids against TTi in two locations in Sweden, Borås and Växjö. In addition to the seizure of servers housing the site’s tracker and community data, two men were also arrested. The man detained in Borås was the alleged operator of TTi but interestingly the second individual, Patrik Lagerman from Växjö, was the person providing TTi’s webhosting. The owner of local web-hosting outfit Patrikweb, Lagerman previously gained worldwide attention for being involved in bandwidth supply to The Pirate Bay. In the TTi case, Lagerman was handed a demand by Antipiratbyrån to disconnect the tracker. He requested a court order but none was forthcoming. The reaction almost a year later was an 06:30am alarm call carried out by five police officers followed by several hours of questioning. “Trying to prosecute the hosting provider for assisting [in infringement] shows just how stupid they are,†Lagerman said at the time. But this week that’s exactly what happened when Lagerman and the as-yet unnamed TTi sysop went on trial for their alleged crimes. The hearing lasted for two days. “Two men were prosecuted,†prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad informs TorrentFreak. “The alleged main administrator of the TTi site and the second one – Lagerman – was prosecuted for aiding and abetting the infringement, by renting out server space, Internet services etc, and helping the administrators in some other ways (as an intermediary). “The rights holders contacted [Lagerman] and informed him of the site and the infringement, but he still continued with his services to the site owner,†the prosecutor notes. Although the site tracked many more titles including plenty of Hollywood blockbusters, the case itself now involves just 28 Swedish films. TorrentFreak spoke with Lagerman who said he’d hold back on a comment until the verdict is handed down in two weeks time. Fortunately for both defendants he should be able to do that as a relatively free man since the prosecution are not pressing for custodial sentences. “Due to the long time that has passed since the crimes (the investigation unfortunately took a bit too long), I didn´t request for an unconditional imprisonment,†Ingblad says. “I requested for a conditional sentence and community services for the alleged main administrator, and a conditional sentence plus fines for Mr. Lagerman.†The case is an intriguing one and the eventual decision will be of great interest to other local ISPs in similar positions. https://torrentfreak.com/trial-of-torrent-site-admin-and-hosting-provider-concludes-150509/
  21. The makers of the Indian movie "Piku" have obtained a blocking order against several popular websites including Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. The order issued by the Indian High Court prohibits the sites and various ISPs from linking to pirated versions of the movie, but may not be as effective as it sounds. Today sees the theatrical premiere of the highly anticipated Bollywood blockbuster “Piku.†As is the case with most movies, unauthorized copies the film will eventually end up being made available from various websites. However, the makers of Piku hope that a recent High Court order will limit the fallout. Multi Screen Media, one of the companies behind the movie, has obtained a restraining order against 13 websites and a blocking order against some of the country’s largest Internet providers (pdf). Similar orders have been granted in the past, but this one stands out because of the sites it targets. The order lists the following domain names: Vimeo.com, Thepiratebay.org, Torrentz.eu, Thiruttuvcd.biz, Merotv.net, Novamov.com, Videotanker.co, Cloudy.ec, Vidto.me, Zuzvideo.com, Video.tt, Kickasstoreents.com and Torrentfunk.com. The owners of the domains are restrained from “making available†or otherwise distributing Piku without a proper license. In addition, India’s largest Internet providers are ordered to block access to the sites. The most surprising target is the popular video sharing platform Vimeo, a site mostly used by independent filmmakers to share their work. While Piku’s makers describe the site as a piracy hub, the site rarely hosts infringing material. However, there even more worrying issues with the order that will severely limit its effectiveness. For example, it lists Pirate Bay’s .org domain even though the site is currently operating from thepiratebay.se. Similarly, the domain name of KickassTorrents is both outdated and misspelled as kickasstoreents.com. As a result, the blocking order may not be as successful as the filmmakers would have hoped. According to the order ISPs must block the mentioned domains within 24 hours. A new hearing is scheduled for July 31 where it will be decided if the measures can be lifted, or if they must stay in place. At the time of writing no pirated copies of Piku have leaked online yet, but if one surfaces this current order will do very little to stop it from spreading. https://torrentfreak.com/india-orders-piracy-blackout-of-vimeo-pirate-bay-and-more-150508/
  22. Here is the list of 10 must play games of 2015 with best graphics. 10- No Man’s Sky No Man’s Sky is an upcoming science fiction video game created and distributed by Hello Games. It will emphasize a procedural created, hugely multiplayer open world. Affirmed at VGX 2013 nearby a trailer, the game is seen to peculiarity planetary investigation, profound seas, space-based fights, and potential predators on the different procedural-created planets. Every world has its own particular environment with conceivably unforgiving conditions, for example, desert planets with substantial flesh eating worms. 9- Zelda WiiU The Legend of Zelda at long last makes it to the Wiiu in an unique principle establishment portion and in HD shockingly. Guaranteeing a huge and totally open world, Zedla Wiiu is situated to revolutionist the arrangement’s equation 8- Xenoblade Chronicles X Japanese role-playing video game by engineer Monolith Soft and distributed by Nintendo for the Wii U. The game is a piece of the Xeno arrangement of video games, particularly a profound successor to Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii. It is booked for discharge in 2015 in Japan, North America, Europe and Australia. 7- Rise of The Tomb Raider Square Enix affirmed back in August 2013 that a continuation of its 2013 Tomb Raider reboot is in progress. Ascent of the Tomb Raider was disclosed in Microsoft’s 2014 E3 presentation. Likewise, tombs are affirmed for the game – which is by and by being created by Crystal Dynamics. Rhianna Pratchett, the lead author of a year ago’s Tomb Raider, is additionally ready for lead essayist – which ought to be energizing for fans 6- Quantum Break Quantum Break is a progressive game experience elite on Xbox One that obscures the line in the middle of games and TV. Quantum Break is produced by Remedy Entertainment, the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake. 5- Deep Down Where it counts – a working title – is another IP from Capcom selective for the PS4. It’s a dream themed Adventure game that is ready to dispatch in the fall of 2013 nearby the Ps4. Nothing more is known yet; with more prone to be published at E3 2013. 4- Batman: Arkham Knight We’ve known for quite a while that Rocksteady has been beavering ceaselessly on another Batman title since the business and basic accomplishment of Arkham City. In the wake of giving control over to Warner Bros Montreal for Arkham Origins, they are presently back in the driving seat for Batman: Arkham Knight and taking Batman to the cutting edge. 3- Bloodborne Venture Beast is a supposed upcoming cutting edge title from Dark Souls designers From Software and Sony Japan Studios for PlayStation 4. At present, no more is thought about the title, despite the fact that there is hypothesis that the game will be an otherworldly successor to the Souls games. 2- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an upcoming activity pretending video game as of now being created by CD Projekt RED and authoritatively affirmed on February 5, 2013. The game will be the third in an arrangement, went before by The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The Witcher 3 will emphasize the new Redengine 3 game motor, created by CD Projekt RED and composed particularly for nonlinear Rpgs set in limitless open world situations. 1- Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End A few years after his last undertaking, resigned fortune seeker, Nathan Drake, is constrained go into the universe of cheats. With the stakes significantly more individual, Drake leaves on a globe-jogging trip in quest for a recorded intrigue behind a mythical privateer treasure. His most noteworthy experience will test his physical limits, his intention, and eventually what he’s ready to give up to spare the ones he adores.
  23. The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Seventh Son.' 'Furious 7' completes the top three. kingsmanThis week we have four newcomers in our chart. Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. 1 (…) Kingsman: The Secret Service 8.1 / trailer 2 (…) Seventh Son 5.5 / trailer 3 (2) Furious 7 (CAM/TS/R6) 8.8 / trailer 4 (…) American Sniper 7.4 / trailer 5 (…) Get Hard 6.2 / trailer 6 (1) Jupiter Ascending 5.8 / trailer 7 (3) Fifty Shades of Grey 4.2 / trailer 8 (6) Avengers: Age of Ultron (CAM) 8.3 / trailer 9 (4) Interstellar 8.8 / trailer 10 (5) The Cobbler 5.8 / trailer
  24. Encrypted Internet traffic is surging according to data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine. A new report reveals that 25 percent of the encrypted downstream traffic in North America is consumed by BitTorrent transfers, second only to YouTube. In recent years it has become apparent that BitTorrent users are increasingly searching for options to hide their download footprints. Thus far, however, there was little information available on how much of all encrypted traffic is file-sharing related. A new report published by Sandvine now provides some insight into this. To find out how much of all Internet traffic is encrypted, and what the most popular sources are, last month the company gathered data in collaboration with a North American fixed access network. The findings reveal that nearly 30% of all downstream traffic is encrypted. The majority of the traffic remains unencrypted (65%), and the small remainder has yet to be identified. Looking at the individual sources of encrypted traffic we see that YouTube currently accounts for most of it. More than 11% of all downstream traffic comes from encrypted YouTube data, which is nearly 40% of all encrypted traffic. BitTorrent transfers come in second place with 7.2% of the total downstream traffic, which is good for nearly a quarter of all encrypted data. It’s worth noting that the report only looks at downstream traffic. BitTorrent’s share of upstream traffic is usually much higher, so the total percentage of all encrypted traffic will be well over 25 percent. Another fact worth mentioning is that before YouTube made the transition to support secure data transfers, BitTorrent was the number one source of encrypted traffic according to Sandvine. With Netflix poised to move to encryption by default, the relative share of BitTorrent will probably drop even further in the near future. Absolute traffic is expected to keep growing, however. In response to various anti-piracy initiatives and monitoring schemes around the world, BitTorrent users are increasingly turning to anonymizing services such as encrypted VPNs. It will be interesting to see how this trend develops during the years to come. https://torrentfreak.com/torrents-are-good-for-a-quarter-of-all-encrypted-traffic-150501/
  25. Deepest condolence to the people of Nepal and other affected areas. The whole world is beside you at this tough moment.