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  1. Tracker Name: newzNZB Genre: General Review (If Any ): N/A Sign Up Link: Closing Time: N/A Additional Information: Just copy and paste dat green url into browser, then click to Register.Remember url is changing every 1 hour. | Better said you need to visit dat first url to get session, then you can visit dat green url
  2. have PolishTracker with over 3TB buffer want hdcorea or dvdseed or I am also able to sell it
  3. Every day Google processes more than a million takedown requests, sent in by dozens of specialized anti-piracy outfits. While most of these companies play by the rules, some insiders believe that a few intentionally submit bogus notices to boost their numbers. Four years ago Google decided to publish detailed statistics of all the takedown notices it receives for its search engine. Since then, the number of requests have skyrocketed. The increase in notices is partly the result of their public nature, with anti-piracy groups proudly revealing how many URLs they have removed. Over the past several years TF has spoken to insiders on condition of anonymity, and several mentioned that this PR-angle is hurting the validity of the requests. Some anti-piracy outfits are more concerned with the volume of requests than their accuracy. “There are a number of automated services sending endless duplicate DMCA Notices to Google,†said ‘Jack,’ the owner of a boutique takedown company. These duplicate requests include many URLs which have been removed previously (e.g. 1, 2, 3). This means that they don’t add anything in terms of effectiveness. However, Google does add them to the overall statistics. “Consequently, anti-piracy companies can make it look like they’re doing far more work than they actually are and thus improve their business development, sales or PR story,†Jack added. Whether the duplicate notices are intentional or just the result of a shoddy system will be hard to prove conclusively. But they do stand out, together with other dubious issues that boost the numbers. Earlier this week the operator of popular MP3 search engine alerted us to an increasing number of fake notices, listing URLs that were never indexed by Google at all. Instead of finding pages in Google’s search engine they list search terms such as the following from a recent takedown request: These search pages are not indexed by Google, so can’t be removed. Also, MP3juices generates a unique hash for each search, but in the notices the same hash is used over and over again for different search terms. This means that the search URLs are generated through a simple script instead of being the result of actual searches. In addition, the same keywords are used across different sites, as the image below shows. “MUSO is the main offender, they’re sending dynamically generated (fake) URLs created by their poorly written script. They don’t even verify if the page exists,†MP3Juices informed TF. In addition, and this is the case for many outfits, most notices sent to Google are not sent to the site which actually hosts or links to the content. “Only a minority of the notices are directly sent to us, the vast majority are sent to Google even though we remove reported URLs quicker than Google does. We also replace the page with a message encouraging users to use Amazon MP3 as a legal alternative,†MP3Juices said. MP3Juices is not happy with the bogus takedown notices and plans to report the false claims to Google, not least since Google uses the takedown numbers to downrank websites in its search results. MUSO didn’t answer any of our specific questions regarding the non-existing pages and search results, but provided a generic statement. “We analyse over 12 million pages of content daily, across thousands of different hosting, streaming, P2P or search sites,†a MUSO spokesperson said. “We are focused on providing a fast, efficient and transparent solution, and we welcome correspondence with all sites with whom we work to remove content, including MP3Juices.†
  4. BitTorrent has built solid reputation with the masses as being an instrument for 'free' but could it perform better and prove more popular with prices attached to downloads? That question could soon be answered following the debut of a new torrent client that allows leechers to pay seeders using Bitcoin. To millions of users around the world, BitTorrent is a beautiful thing. Not only does it enable the worldwide sharing of any kind of media, but the manner in which it does so is a stroke of pure genius. Utilizing the bandwidth of all participants in its ‘swarms’, BitTorrent pools the resources of many to provide a streamlined downloading experience for all. It’s both complex and simplicity itself, a rare quality indeed. BitTorrent’s success as a protocol is tied to its low barrier to entry, since anyone with a computer and Internet connection can participate. Above and beyond that no actual money is needed to obtain content. However, the nature of the system means that it’s not entirely free, since users ‘donate’ their bandwidth to others in order to keep a swarm going. Millions of users are extremely happy with this setup but a proposal from developer Bedeho Mender could see money being brought into the equation. Bedeho is the founder of JoyStream, a forthcoming BitTorrent client that tries to improve BitTorrent by allowing peer-to-peer Bitcoin payments in exchange for bandwidth – or content, whichever way one prefers to look at it. To the torrenting masses, that probably sounds a bit like a tax on air. BitTorrent’s growth has stemmed from the fact that millions of people are happy to share for free. Is it possible that by introducing money things are going to improve? Bedeho thinks so. “BitTorrent has many strengths, but I would say people are often not sharing for free, e.g. in private communities which have far higher quality service. In that context one is required to adhere to strict and cumbersome rules about contributing to maintain ratios, and this makes the system work much better,†Bedeho tells TorrentFreak. “JoyStream is just an open version of that very same insight, except that you now are not forced to seed to maintain your ratio, something which is not practical for everyone. The key is therefore not money, the key is incentives to supply enough bandwidth. Money is just one of many means to try to achieve this, just like we do with other goods.†The idea behind JoyStream is simple. If you have some spare bandwidth and content that people want, you can sell access to that content through the JoyStream client. The more common that content the less likely it is that you’ll be able to charge a premium price for it. Rare material, on the other hand, might be worth someone blowing a few fractions of a bitcoin on. In very basic terms, if the user tells it to, JoyStream will wind back its upload speed to zero and only open up it up again when someone pays. One of the claims Bedeho makes about JoyStream is that higher download speeds will be available in this kind of system. The idea is that if seeds are getting paid, they will stick around longer and offer up more bandwidth, a bit like a user on a private torrent site trying to improve his ratio. “All paid bandwidth comes from other peers which are paid to supply it. If you do not wish to pay to download, then you would just be using the regular BitTorrent tit-for-tat exchange procedure as is today, and JoyStream also supports that,†Behedo explains. “With JoyStream it may turn out that people will opt to leave their computer on to earn back whatever they have spent when buying before, so it just becomes a closed loop system. That way you wouldn’t even be spending any Bitcoins in total, over time. In such a scenario, you should still expect the quality of the open BitTorrent system to be as good, if not better, than in private communities.†While earning money for seeding will be attractive to some, will the idea of being in a pay-to-download-faster swarm be off-putting to others? What if JoyStream took off overnight and became a significant player in most swarms? “Just like in regular BitTorrent, if no one has a full copy of the file and is willing to seed, then the swarm would get stuck for a while. However, since there is compensation, that is much less likely to happen with JoyStream type peers, precisely because those with a full download will not always leave right away, as is common today,†Behedo adds. While the overall idea certainly provides food for thought, there will undoubtedly be file-sharing traditionalists shuddering not only at the mere thought of file-selling, but also at the prospect of being denied bandwidth at the hands of someone with more bitcoins to spare. Finally (and just to throw fuel on the fire) when JoyStream is out of alpha it should work on private trackers too…. “I do not know how the torrent community will react in total, but since it is an open system, you are free to use or not use it, and I do expect there will be private communities which will ban it, and that is totally fine with me. That is what an open system like BitTorrent/Bitcoin is all about,†Behedo concludes.
  5. Viacom-owned TV giant CANAL+ has been hacked, TorrentFreak can reveal. In a now deleted DMCA notice sent to the Github code repository, a legal manager at CANAL+ reveals that a Github user hacked one of the company's servers and "stole all the data and codes" to a new customer relationship management software project. While the majority of DMCA copyright complaints are sent to hinder the online distribution of music, movies and TV shows, the legislation can also be used to deal with code and software issues. Just last week, Indian blogger Thejesh GN discoveredthat an ISP was injecting javascript into customers’ browsing sessions. This led to lawyers representing the script writers to send a DMCA notice to Github, where Thejesh GN had published the code. Now Github finds itself in the spotlight again, this time over a serious matter involving one of its users and Viacom-owned TV giant Canal+. The trail of the story began mid-week when Github published a DMCA notice received from the “Legal Manager†of the Industrial Protection Department of CANAL+ Group. The person, whose name was redacted, explained that he/she is in charge of anti-piracy at the company and was seeking the urgent assistance of the code repository. “All the data and codes published and contained in this [now deleted] directory are confidential and could be used to steal personal data in our CRM [Customer Relationship Management system],†the complaint reads. The Legal Manager added that the ‘codes’ are connected to a confidential CANAL+ project titled “Kiss deploy†and asked for their urgent removal. “We request you to remove immediately all the data and files contained in this repository,†the notice adds. With the repository removed (shown above), CANAL+ were probably happy with Github’s response. However, there were indications that this wasn’t the first correspondence that Github had received from CANAL+ on the matter. We did some digging, were proved right, and were surprised at what we found. Earlier correspondence between CANAL+ and Github obtained by TorrentFreak reveals a much more serious situation at the TV company and criminal allegations being made against the Github user. “The 22d of May 20015, we had a compromission [sic] on our AWS project with an access key in order to create bitcoin. The 26th of May 2015, we have found our access key on [the above mentioned] Github repository,†the same legal manager reveals. “After analysis of this repository, we can state that all the code and the secrets contained in this repository are about Canal+ project.†According to the complaint, CANAL+ asked Github on four separate occasions to remove “illicit content†published on the site by a user called “hooperp†who the TV company claims has committed serious crimes against them. “As we have explained, ‘hooperp’ has hacked one of our servers and stole all the data and codes of our new CRM [Customer Relationship Management] software project: ‘Kiss deploy’,†CANAL+’s head of anti-piracy revealed. “All the data and codes published and contained in his [now removed directory] are confidential and could be used to steal personal data in our CRM.†Ouch. With our efforts to track down ‘hooperp’ stalled, we contacted CANAL+ for an official statement. That wasn’t straightforward though, with the company requiring the press to first sign up for an account. Nevertheless, we did so successfully and received the following email in response. Considering the hacking allegations above, it shines unwanted light on the company’s security procedures. In case anyone is wondering, the blocked-out area hides a plain-text password. CANAL+ Group did not respond to TorrentFreak’s requests for a statement. Github declined to comment.
  6. Major UK Internet providers must block three additional sports streaming sites as part of a High Court order. The latest blocking round was issued on behalf of the Premier League and FA, targeting Rojadirecta, LiveTV and Drakulastream. The latter site also has its domain name under investigation by the EURid registry. Following a series of High Court orders six UK ISPs are required to block subscriber access to many of the largest pirate sites. The efforts started in 2012 and the list continued to grow in the years that followed. In the latest wave The Football Association and Premier League Limited achieved an extension of the UK blocklist with the addition of popular sports streaming sites Rojadirecta, LiveTV and Drakulastream. This brings the total number of blocked sites to 128 and more domains are expected to follow in the months to come. The new blocks, which haven’t been implemented by all ISPs yet, are believed to be an expansion of a High Court order against the streaming site Firstrow. This order provides the football associations with the option to continually update the list of infringing domains. TF contacted the Premier League for a comment on the latest additions but at the time of publication we hadn’t heard back. Interestingly, one of the targeted sites, Drakulastream, was also facing trouble on another front. This week the EURid registry suspended the site’s .eu domain pending a legal investigation. “The domain name is temporarily inactive pending the outcome of a legal activity. It might be that the status of the domain name changes in the coming days. This is a procedure that is still pending,†an EURid spokesperson informed TF a few days ago. However, Drakulastream later resolved the issue and the domain became active again a few hours ago. The blocked sports streaming sites are not the only ones to be added to the UK blocklist this week. A few days ago The Publishers Association won a court order requiring local ISPs to block various eBook sites. — The full list of sites to be blocked in the UK is now as follows: — New: Rojadirecta, LiveTV and Drakulastream Previously blocked: Ebookee, LibGen, Freshwap, AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre, Freebookspot,,,,,,,,, Bursalagu, Fullsongs, Mega-Search, Mp3 Monkey,, Mp3Bear, MP3Boo, Mp3Clan, Mp3Olimp,, Mp3soup, Mp3Truck, Musicaddict, My Free MP3, Plixid, RnBXclusive, STAFA Band,, Stream TV, Watchseries-online, Cucirca, Movie25,, Iwannawatch, Warez BB, Ice Films, Tehparadox, Heroturko, Scene Source,, Rapid Moviez, Iwatchonline, Los Movies, Isohunt,, Torrentbutler, IP Torrents, Sumotorrent, Torrent Day, Torrenting, BitSoup, TorrentBytes, Seventorrents,, Yourbittorrent, Tor Movies , Demonoid,, Vertor, Rar BG,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Viooz, Watch32, Zmovie, Solarmovie, Tubeplus, Primewire, Vodly, Watchfreemovies, Project-Free TV, Yify-Torrents, 1337x, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Monova, Torrentcrazy, Torrentdownloads, Torrentreactor, Torrentz, Ambp3, Beemp3, Bomb-mp3, Eemp3world, Filecrop, Filestube, Mp3juices, Mp3lemon, Mp3raid, Mp3skull, Newalbumreleases, Rapidlibrary, EZTV, FirstRowSports, Download4all, Movie2K, KickAssTorrents, Fenopy, H33T and The Pirate Bay.
  7. 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.
  8. With more than 100,000 downloads on the first day alone, the non-jailbreak Popcorn Time app has already gained a massive audience. Today the developers behind the popular application released a Mac installer for the iOS app, hoping to conquer even more devices. A few weeks ago the fork surprised friend and foe by releasing a hack that allows anyone with an iPhone or iPad to install the iOS version of the popular app. Popcorn Time was already available on jailbroken iOS devices. However, the developers say that the app really took off when they released the Windows installer for non-jailbreak iOS devices. “On April 8th, the day of the release, Popcorn Time broke all previous records and was installed on more than 100,000 iOS devices in one day,†the Popcorn Time teams informs us. “None of the other releases we had since we picked up Popcorn Time evoked such a reaction. We literally stared at the numbers for hours,†they add. Today comes another big push as the Mac version of the installer has just been released. It works in a similar manner to the Windows version and allows people to install the Popcorn Time app in just a few clicks. With a Mac installer the Popcorn Time team soon hopes to welcome their millionth download for iOS. Despite the iOS surge Android remains the most popular platform for the fork at the moment. For a brief moment iOS was in second place, but it’s now back in third after Windows. The Popcorn Time developers think that after the iOSInstaller becomes public, so it can also be used for other apps, the popularity will rise again. “Now it’s #3 but we expect this figure to change once again when the team officially launches their app store which will be a ‘must use’ for all iOS users out there,†the Popcorn Time team says. With the iOS installers Popcorn Time is becoming an even bigger target. For Apple, but mostly for the movie studios who don’t want people to watch their content without paying for it. Last week the UK High Court ordered local ISPs to block the websites of several Popcorn Time forks including This renders the application useless locally, at least for those who haven’t found a workaround yet.
  9. Halo Online is an upcoming free-to-play version of Halo that will launch exclusively for players in Russia. However, following the leak of the game files a modding team developed its own ideas about who can access the game and when. Fighting back, Microsoft has just hit their Github project with a copyright complaint. Last week Microsoft announced the existence of Halo Online. The all-new game will provide a free-to-play online multiplayer experience on PC. “Halo Online is powered by a highly modified version of the Halo 3 engine and optimized for smooth performance on lower-end PCs,†the company said. While the announcement was welcomed by PC gamers everywhere, not all had reason to celebrate. Due to launch later in the spring, Halo Online is destined to be restricted to players in Russia only, at least for the foreseeable future. “Right now our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia. Theoretically, any expansion outside of Russia would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations,†the company said. Of course, ‘player expectations’ can take many forms but predictably not having to wait patiently in line while geo-restrictions are lifted is one of them. The first signs of cracks appearing came when a YouTuber called ‘Noble‘ uploaded footage after modders Gamecheat13 and Lord Zedd reportedly obtained a build of the title. Since then other modders have been dissecting Halo Online to unlock features, with one team creating a game launcher titled ‘ElDorito’ (a play on the ‘Eldorado’ main executable for Halo:Online) to ease the process. “We’re really working on building a framework for the game to be playable, as well as a custom console with a plethora of features we believe are necessary to the game,†team member Pyong told Se7ensins. With the launcher undergoing development via Github, things were progressing smoothly. Until yesterday that is, when Microsoft rolled out the big guns and stopped the project in its tracks. “We have received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to, copyrighted works published by Microsoft,†the company wrote in a DMCA notice to Github. While that statement is almost certainly accurate, the notice from Microsoft is somewhat confusing in that it refers to ElDorito being the company’s property. “The above copyright work(s) [ElDorito] is being made available for copying, through downloading, at the above location without authorization from the copyright owner or exclusive licensee,†the company adds. But whatever the ins-and-outs, Microsoft still feels it has a valid complaint and has ordered Github to disable access to ElDorito to “prevent the illegal reproduction and distribution of this copyrighted work(s) via your company’s services.†As can be seen from the image below, Github has already complied. While Microsoft were quick to hit the ElDorito project on Github, strangely there appears to have been less effort to take down the actual game files. The project’s wiki doesn’t host the leaked content, but it does offer a valuable pointer. “Since we can’t actually post the link to the Halo Online download, you’ll have to look for it elsewhere,†the wiki explains. The word ‘elsewhere’ helpfully links to a Pastebin page which in turn displays a link to where someone has uploaded the 2.1GB zip file. It probably won’t be there for long. But for those hoping that the ElDorito project will continue, that seems unlikely, at least in the short-term. The team is reportedly a bit spooked by Microsoft’s intervention and are waiting for things to cool down before making any decisions.
  10. BitTorrent Inc, the company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, hopes to start a new revolution with its people-powered browser Maelstrom. Now that the first Beta has been released to the public ,developers can come up with interesting use cases, such as censorship free websites. San Francisco-based BitTorrent Inc. already has a few popular applications in its catalog, including uTorrent and Sync. However, with its new “people-powered†browser it hopes to spark another revolution. Project Maelstrom, as it’s called, is still in the early stages of development but the company has decided to push a Beta out to the public so developers can start building tools and services around it. In short, Maelstrom takes Google’s Chromium framework and stuffs a powerful BitTorrent engine under the hood, meaning that torrents can be played directly from the browser. More excitingly, however, Maelstrom also supports torrent-powered websites that no longer have to rely on central servers. By simply publishing a website in a torrent format the website will be accessible if others are sharing it. This can be assisted by web-seeds but also completely peer-to-peer. For example, earlier this week Wikileaks published a controversial archive of documents and emails that leaked after the Sony hack. If the hosting provider was forced to take the files down they would disappear but with Maelstrom-supported sites, users would be able to keep it online. The same is true for torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, which suffered weeks of downtime recently after the site’s servers were raided. BitTorrent powered page At the moment there are very few websites that support Maelstrom. There is an earlyWordPress plugin and others are experimenting with it as well, but wider adoption will need some time. That said, traditional magnet links work too, so people can play video and audio from regular torrent sites directly in the browser. BitTorrent Inc. informs TF that the main goal is to provide a new and open publishing platform. It’s now up to developers to use it to their advantage. “We believe in providing an alternative means for publishing that is neutral and that gives ownership back to those publishers. But one of our biggest goals with this release is just to get it out and into the hands of developers and see what emerges,†Maelstrom’s project lead Rob Velasquez says. And in that respect momentum is building. BitTorrent Inc. says that a community of more than 10,000 developers and 3,500 publishers has already been established, with tools to bring more on board now available via Github. While Maelstrom can bypass Internet censors, it’s good to keep in mind that all shared files are visible to the public. Maelstrom is caching accessed content to keep it seeded, so using a VPN might not be a bad idea. After all, users leave a trail of their browsing history behind. On the upside, Maelstrom can be more private for publishers as they don’t have to share any personal details with hosting companies or domain registrars. “The BitTorrent protocol remains the same, but it does mean that you no longer have to hand over personal, private data to domain registrars or hosting companies to put up a simple website,†Velasquez notes. The idea for a BitTorrent-powered browser is not new. The Pirate Bay started work on a related project last year with the aim of keeping the site online even if its servers were raided. It will be interesting to see if Maelstrom can get some traction. There’s still a long way to go, but the idea of an open and censorship-free web does sound appealing. With a Mac version still under a development, Project Maelstrom (beta) can be downloaded for Windows here.
  11. Namaste Everyone _/\_, I am creating this thread inorder to explain you some necessary terms,that your are going to see everyday on some torrents . FreeLeech Any torrent that is set to FREELEECH should be seeded back 1:1 or to 48 hours. All other torrents should be seeded back 1:1 or 48 hours. Failure to do so will be regarded as an act of Hit and Run (HnR). Freeleech does not mean "Free" to Leech and not to seed. If you can just leech everything that is freeleech and not seed, how are the other people supposed to get the files from you? unsure emoticon Freeleech means the download size of the torrent does not count towards your overall ratio, only the uploaded amount on the torrent counts toward your ratio. Freeleech will always help your ratio HitAndRun(HnR) any torrent not Seeded back to 1:1 or for 48 hours(TV Shows) and/or (Movie) is regarded as an act of Hit and Run (HnR).It is bad for your profile.If you will have 6 HnR's.Your download will be disabled. FreeTorrents Only upload will be counted no download will be counted.Your Ratio will increase,it is a good one for your profile. SilverTorrents 50% of the download will be counted. DoubleSeeD Slot] Using this while uploading will result in double upload credits,it is a good one to use for boosting your profile's reputation. Crazyhour All torrents become free and you get triple upload credits To request something You have to become a power user [75gb upload+1:1 Ratio] Most Important Rule: Enjoy your stay on HDAcess
  12. In response to being overwhelmed by DMCA takedown notices, new torrent site Strike now stores no data whatsoever - no torrents, no magnets, no categories and no indexing. The site has become totally dynamic and only fetches data requested by the user. But will these drastic steps be enough? Last month we published an article on Strike, a new torrent site with a fresh approach. In addition to a less-is-more philosophy when displaying results, Strike obtains torrent data not only from all public trackers but also BitTorrent’s Distributed Hash Table (DHT), a first in the torrent world as far as we’re aware. But since that piece a couple of weeks ago, Strike has been under attack from multiple directions. “The first major one was a DDOS attack, I’m still not sure who or why did it, but at 300gb/s they took half of my servers offline; some are still off and will probably never come back on because of my hosting provider not wanting to deal with it,†site operator Andrew Sampson informs TF. But that was just the beginning. Rightsholders quickly began contacting not only Sampson, but also Cloudflare and the site’s host, complaining that Strike was infringing their copyrights. Additionally, “tons of morons†threatened to sue Strike if it didn’t stop “hosting their contentâ€, the bemused dev explains. Eventually German host Hetzner said it didn’t want to deal with any more DMCA notices. Sampson said the provider null-routed the non-commercial Strike which took down another of Sampson’s projects, NetflixRoulette, at the same time. “I can’t begin to tell you how badly that hurt my revenue stream. A company in Germany adhering to a US law and not even taking the time to investigate. Note to public: Avoid Hetzner,†Sampson says. The developer says that the majority of complaints against his site were filed by anti-piracy company Entura International. Sampson says he tried to explain that his site carries no content and no torrents but simply extracts these from DHT upon user request but the company wasn’t particularly interested. “I have a technical background and implement many of Strike’s technologies within the toolset of my organization, so I believe that I have a good understanding of how Strike operates,†an Entura contact told Sampson. “Our copyright infringement notifications are not requesting the removal of a hash from the BitTorrent/DHT network, we know this is not possible. We are simply requesting the de-indexing or de-listing of results from your site that allow for the downloading of copyrighted content via the magnet link that you provide or .torrent files via your API/RSS.†In response to the DMCA issues, Sampson says he has now taken things a step further. During the past few days the dev took the decision to stop storing any data whatsoever on Strike’s servers “except for search phrases for learning purposes.†This presents an intriguing situation. Aside from some disk caching, Sampson says that Strike now operates purely on demand. When a user types in a search the site pulls the results from its usual sources and presents them in the browser window. When that browser is closed the data effectively disappears, meaning that there is nothing for anti-piracy companies to take down because it’s already gone. Whether that will be enough for Entura remains to be seen. An email shared with TF suggests that the company feels that Sampson’s responsibilities go beyond compliance with the law. “I understand that the listing pages might not be served via local storage on your infrastructure, that does not detract from the matter that you are providing the platform or portal for which these remote browser requests are made,†Entura told the dev. “Your compliance in this matter should not be reliant on me creating a compelling case, it should instead be reliant on your good will, desire to support creative industries and comply with the law.†Nevertheless, the following message now appears on the front page on Strike. “If you are visiting this site for anti piracy means, just know a few things. Any content you see is because you requested it. We do not provide or offer any files. You cannot download from us. We do not store any data, all content is dynamic and on demand requested via YOUR browser. So leave us alone,†the notice reads. After moving to yet another new host, Sampson thought that things might improve but during our email exchange he received more bad news. His hosting had been terminated once again. “Dumb media companies, bad hosting, lack of funding, lots of development. Take your pick, Strike has been a big undertaking, one I’m not sure I really want to continue, but I know I have to for the greater good,†Sampson concludes. At the time of publication Entura had not responded to TF’s requests for comment.
  13. The world's leading record labels are targeting Grooveshark with an unprecedented level of copyright complaints. According to Google, during the past month the streaming service became the 7th most complained about site in the world, something that has caused Grooveshark's search engine traffic to nosedive. It would be fair to say that the relationship between the world’s major recording labels and streaming music service Grooveshark is a rocky one at best. Founded in 2006 as a site where users could upload their own music and listen to streams for free, friction with record companies built alongside Grooveshark’s growth. EMI first filed a copyright infringement suit against the company in 2009 but it was withdrawn later that year after the pair reached a licensing agreement. Since then there have been major and ongoing disputes with the labels of the RIAA who accuse Grooveshark of massive copyright infringement. Those behind the service insist that Grooveshark is simply a YouTube-like site which is entitled to enjoy the safe harbor protections of the DMCA. Part of Grooveshark’s DMCA responsibilities is to remove infringing content once a copyright holder asks for it to be taken down. Grooveshark doesn’t publish any kind of transparency report but there is nothing to suggest that in 2015 it doesn’t take that responsibility extremely seriously. However, Google’s transparency report reveals that the world’s major recording labels are currently hitting Grooveshark particularly hard. In fact, between the RIAA, IFPI and several affiliated anti-piracy groups, Google handled 346,619 complaints during the past month alone, with up to 10,000 URLs reported in a single notice. While the labels have always complained about Grooveshark to Google, the big question is why the game is being stepped up now. Both the RIAA and Grooveshark tend to remain tight-lipped on such matters, but in recent times Google’s transparency report has become a convenient barometer for rightsholders to illustrate how ‘infringing’ any particular site is. According to the report, last month those complaints made Grooveshark the 7th most-complained about domain in the world, just one position behind 4Shared, a site the USTR declares a “notorious marketâ€. It should be noted that Grooveshark is definitely not on that list, but there are other reasons for Google to be sent as many complaints about Grooveshark as possible. Around October 2014, Google tweaked its search algorithm so that sites receiving the most takedown notices were placed lower in its search results. The move not only hittorrent sites hard, but also affected many cyber-locker type domains too. As show in the Alexa chart below, Grooveshark’s traffic has also been largely on the decline since October. While there could be other factors at play for the downturn in traffic, perhaps the most obvious sign that a recent and massive surge in DMCA notices sent to Google is having an effect on Grooveshark’s visibility can be seen below. Early February the site’s traffic from search fell off a cliff and is currently just half of what it was seven weeks ago. While results are currently being removed from Google in their hundreds of thousands, Grooveshark is far from on its knees. The site services millions of happy users who are currently enjoying a fully redesigned platform which looks and performs better than its predecessor. One thing is for certain; if the current pressure continues Grooveshark’s own search engine will work much better than Google’s when it comes to finding music on the service. Torrentfreak
  14. It shouldn't even be controversial. If you're lying about holding a copyright monopoly to something, you're infringing on that work's distribution, and should suffer the same penalties as any other infringer does today. Last week there was a story on TorrentFreak about a copyright monopolist who had gone absolutely insane and sent so-called “takedown notices†to everybody and their brother, from EFF to TOR – basically anybody with a download page. It’s a complete mystery why this isn’t a criminal behavior. The fact that it isn’t is why it continues and harms innovation, creativity, free speech, and the Internet. The Swedish Pirate Party had a very clear policy on crimes like this: if you lied about holding an exclusive right to something, the same penalty that would have applied to an infringer of that exclusive right would instead apply to you. This is only fair, after all: you are infringing on the distribution of a creative work by dishonest means. For repeat offenders, or organizations that committed this crime on a commercial basis or commercial gain, like that idiot record label in the TorrentFreak story – they would be declared criminal organizations and have all their assets seized. The individuals doing so for commercial gain would go to jail for a couple of years. The thing is, this should not even be contentious. This is how we deal with this kind of criminal act in every – every – other aspect of society. If you lie as part of commercial operations and hurt somebody else’s rights or business, you are a criminal. If you do so repeatedly or for commercial gain, direct or indirect, you’re having your ill-gotten gains seized. This isn’t rocket science. This is standard bloody operating procedure. The copyright industry goes ballistic at this proposal, of course, and try to portray themselves as rightsless victims – when the reality is that they have been victimizing everybody else after making the entire planet rightsless before their intellectual deforestation. The irony is that at the same time as the copyright industry opposes such penalties vehemently, arguing that they can make “innocent mistakes†in sending out nastygrams, threats, and lawsuits to single mothers, they are also arguing that the situation with distribution monopolies is always crystal clear and unmistakable to everybody else who deserve nothing but the worst. They can’t have it both ways here. It’s a matter of incentives, at the end of the day. If there’s no risk at all in lying and causing pain to other people, along with a very small reward, then sociopaths – like those in the copyright industry – will do so at an industrial scale, accompanied by the most Stalinesque of laughters. This is also the behavior we observe now. There must to be a risk associated with willfully lying and causing injury or damage. Today, there isn’t. And because there isn’t, Google alone receives on the order of thirty millionnastygrams per month. Most or all of them automated at the sender’s end. There’s no cost or risk in sending them, after all, and that has to change. The U.S. DMCA – what a horrible mistake that was – does state that somebody sending a takedown notice does so under penalty of perjury. However, that only applies to the claim of representing the person believing to hold the copyright monopoly to the work; not to the claim of actually holding the exclusive right you claim to hold. A bare legislative minimum would be to extend the penalty of perjury to include the actual – not believed, but actual – holding of the copyright monopoly somebody claims to hold. The very least you can ask is that committing a crime such as fraudulent exclusive rights carries a risk with it. It’s not rocket science. Torrentfreak
  15. Hoping to increase its revenues, BitTorrent Inc. added advertisements to the popular uTorrent client two years ago. What many people don't know though, is that these ads can be disabled by diving into the advanced settings. "Pimp my uTorrent" now comes with a one click solution to make this process less cumbersome. When BitTorrent Inc. announced its plan to add advertising to its flagship uTorrent client a small user revolt broke out. The people complaining were mostly annoyed that there would be no option to disable the ads. Luckily, BitTorrent listened to the feedback and decided that users would indeed get a chance to opt-out from the ads. Despite the initial complaints, nowadays most users probably aren’t aware of the opt-out settings. uTorrent previously reported that it’s serving billions of ads per month, quite a significant number. Even for those users who do know, uTorrent doesn’t make it very easy for them to remove the ads. They will have to mess with the advanced settings, search for the relevant variables, and change them one by one. The developer of the torrent optimized TV-calendar DuckieTV was confronted with this issue a few days ago when he introduced a friend to BitTorrent. After first installing uTorrent, he noticed that the client was littered with ads he disabled himself a long time ago. After manually changing several settings to strip the ads, he came up with the idea to automate the process. “I turned them off for my friend, and decided to try and see if I could automate the process the next day,†Schizoduckie tells TF. For DuckieTV, the developer previously reverse-engineered BitTorrent’s Torque and BtApp.js tools, which are able to talk to uTorrent via the browser. He therefore decided to see if the same code could also be used to change uTorrent’s settings. “I remembered that BitTorrent previously ran an experiment with btApp.js that fiddled with settings, so all I needed to do was hook up the settings functionality in my library and set up a page so users can disable ads in one click,†Schizoduckie says. Fast forward a few hours and “Pimp my uTorrent†was born. Pimp my uTorrent literally requires just one click to disable the ads on Windows clients. There is nothing to install as the page uses JavaScript to communicate with uTorrent. After the “pimping†is done, uTorrent might need to be restarted before the changes are visible. People who are not happy with the result have an option to reverse them with another click. It can’t get much simpler than that. Those who are interested in what the tool does can inspect the relevant variables here. A more detailed overview of all ad related settings and how these can be changed is available in the uTorrent forums. Happy pimping!
  16. I hope to write a well-accepted topic. Here is a list of private trackers with IRC recruitment or invite application : - ScienceHD - PsyTorrents #invites - MyAnonamouse - InTheShadows (iTS) - GazelleGames - - CosaNostra (CN) - ChronicTracker irc:// - AsianDVDClub - PiXELHD If you know other trackers, please post here.
  17. One of Sweden's top movie streaming sites has made a deal with the country's police. In exchange for remaining free men the administrators of Dreamfilm say they negotiated with authorities to close down the site. Meanwhile, an almost identical site has reappeared under a new domain name, run by former admins. While BitTorrent is considered the king when it comes to obtaining video online, there are other ways to obtain content that eclipse it in ease of use. So-called ‘streaming’ sites have grown massively in popularity in recent years, largely due to the way they’re presented. Rather than the text-heavy indexes associated with large volume torrent sites, streaming portals present the latest movies and TV shows in a user-friendly interface with plenty of graphics. What’s more, for the novice ‘pirate’ these sites are simplicity itself. Find a movie, click it, deal with the pop-ups, and in a few moments the latest blockbuster plays in a browser-based YouTube-style window. Even the Swedes, largely proud supporters of The Pirate Bay, have embraced the concept. Sadly for them, however, they’re now one sizable portal down. In the wake of The Pirate Bay raid in December, Swedish police intensified their focus on one of the country’s top streaming portals, The site had been growing in popularity for some time but it appears that in recent weeks police had been homing in. Early January everything seemed fairly normal when the site ran a promotion offering 100 movie tickets to fans who shared the picture below on Facebook. Plenty of people participated. On January 14 the site published the Facebook links of 100 winners and requested that they send in their names and addresses to claim their prizes. But just a few weeks later and it’s now all over for Dreamfilm. “After an administrator was detained and interrogated, it has been mutually agreed that will be shut down for good,†the site reveals in a statement. “The police gave us an ultimatum, to shut down the site and be free, or to keep it online and be detained again.†It seems that after an extended period trying to close the site, the authorities finally had the upper hand. “Following controversial interrogation methods it was decided that the site and everything to do with it will be shut down for good. With this, all other administrators decided to resign altogether from the site’s operations with immediate effect,†the site’s operators add. Thanking users for their dedication over the years, the admins bid farewell to the site and its members. Well, sort of….. It appears that while some of the site’s admins agreed to close down the site, others did not give the police the same undertakings. They have now broken ranks and created a brand new venture. Today, is dead but lives on in its predecessor’s form. “By the way, if you are film-goers, then that part of the crew who chose not to resign cloned [] to continue on their own,†the former admins say. “The administrators of do not in any way endorse this move, but the site is available at:†Sure enough, the replacement site at that address is more or less identical to the site now closed down following an agreement with the police. How this will be viewed by the authorities remains to be seen, but it’s a safe bet that this outcome wasn’t the one they’d hoped for. At the time of publication Rights Alliance, the anti-piracy outfit behind most file-sharing site complaints in Sweden, had not responded to TorrentFreak’s request for comment.
  18. Hotfile and several major book publishers have agreed to an out-of-court settlement of their piracy dispute. Last year the publishers filed a complaint with a Florida District Court, demanding up to $7.5 million from the defunct file-hosting service. How much Hotfile will pay to resolve the case is likely to remain unknown. Little over a year ago the MPAA announced that it had settled its legal dispute with Hotfile for $80 million, which in reality came down to just $4 million. Shortly after the settlement was announced a group of major book publishers followed in Hollywood’s footsteps. Pearson Education, Cengage Learning, John Wiley and Sons, Elsevier and McGraw-Hill lodged a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, accusing Hotfile of vicarious copyright infringement. “Hotfile built a business off of infringement. The book publishers’ rights were massively infringed by the site and its operators. They should not be allowed to simply pocket their profits and walk away from the harm they caused,†a representative of the book publishers told TF at the time. The publishers held Hotfile liable for the many copyright-infringing works that were shared by its users, including ‘Office 2007 for Dummies’ and ‘C++ How to Program,’ As compensation for the damage that was suffered they demanded up to $7.5 million. Hotfile later refuted that is was responsible for pirating users, and last December the Court scheduled a mediation conference hoping both parties would be able to resolve their issues. This session was indeed effective as mediator Jeffrey Grubman informed the Court this week that both parties have agreed on a settlement. “Mr. Anton Titov attended the mediation via Skype on behalf of Defendants, along with Defendants’ counsel. At the conclusion of the mediation session, the parties agreed in principle to a complete resolution of the dispute subject to final written settlement documentation,†Grubman writes. The details of the agreement are unlikely to become public. However, it’s likely that Hotfile agreed to pay a settlement fee as it did in the MPAA case. The finer details still have to be fleshed out and District Court Judge Beth Bloom has decided to administratively close the case for now. If the planned settlement falls apart either party has the option to reopen it. For Hotfile the settlement will mark the end of several controversial years where it went from being one of the top file-hosting sites more than 100 million page views per month, to a defunct service with no visitors at all.
  19. Australian ISPs are working hard to present an anti-piracy code of conduct following intense pressure from the government. iiNet, the country's second largest ISP, reports confidence in meeting an April 8 deadline but whether the proposals will meet expectations remains to be seen. For years Australian citizens have complained of being treated as second class citizens by content companies who have failed to make content freely available at a fair price. As a result millions of Aussies have turned to file-sharing networks for their media fix. This has given the country somewhat of a reputation on the world stage, which in turn has put intense pressure on the Australian government to do something to reduce unlawful usage. After years of negotiations between ISPs and entertainment companies went nowhere, last year the government stepped in. ISPs were warned that if they don’t take voluntarily measures to deter and educate pirating subscribers, the government would force a mechanism upon them by law. With a desire to avoid that option at all costs, the service providers went away with orders to come up with a solution. Just last month Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull set an April 8 deadline, a tight squeeze considering the years of failed negotiations. Nevertheless, iiNet, Australia’s second largest ISP, feels that the deadline will be met. “We will have code; whether or not it gets the rubber stamp remains to be seen,†says iiNet chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby. “Dedicated people are putting in a lot of work drafting documents and putting frameworks together.†With just 120 days to come up with a solution the government’s deadline is a big ask and Dalby says there are plenty of complications. “There are issues around privacy, there are issues around appeals. There are issues around costs. There is a lot of work that needs to be done,†he says. Of course, these are exactly the same issues that caused talks to collapse on a number of occasions in the past. However, in recent months it’s become clear that the government is prepared to accept less stringent measures than the entertainment industries originally wanted. Slowing and disconnecting subscribers is now off the table, for example. Although there has been no official announcement, it seems likely that the ISPs will offer a notice-and-notice system similar to the one being planned for the UK. Subscribers will be informed by email that their connections are being used to share content unlawfully and will be politely but firmly asked to stop. An educational program, which advises users where to obtain content legally, is likely to augment the scheme. Who will pay for all this remains to be seen. ISPs have previously refused to contribute but with the government threatening to impose a code if a suitable one is not presented, compromise could be on the table.
  20. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says it is preparing to have several "infringing sites" blocked at the ISP level in Singapore. The move, which will target The Pirate Bay should it come back online, follows new legislation introduced last year aimed at smoothing the way for High Court injunctions. Domain blocking is now firmly established as one of the entertainment industries’ go-to methods for reducing online copyright infringement. Its use is widespread around Europe by both the music and movie sector. In Europe the most important legal decision was announced in March last year when the Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed that EU ISPs can be required to block access to sites engaged in copyright infringement. Elsewhere, individual countries are making their own decisions on how to move forward. Last July, Singapore legislators approved the Copyright Amendment Bill which allows copyright holders to obtain High Court orders forcing local service providers to block “flagrantly infringing†websites. Now, six months on, entertainment companies are ready to launch their first tests. IFPI regional director Ang Kwee Tiang confirmed that the music group will initially target three to five “infringing sites†over the next two months. “We are now actively looking into exercising this in the future,†he said. The sites to be targeted have not yet been revealed but it’s always been the understanding that The Pirate Bay would be tackled first. The site’s reputation as the “worst-of-the-worst†allows entertainment companies to present a relatively straightforward case to the courts. The rising number of blocking orders already granted elsewhere only add to the mix. “Now, The Pirate Bay has more than 6 million links. We take the screenshots and we show that these are not licensed. We’re going to show that The Pirate Bay has been blocked in nine or 10 different countries. I think that will be very convincing for our cause,†Ang said. However, with The Pirate Bay currently down, it’s possible that other targets will have to be selected in the first batch. Ang confirms that evidence is still being collated but he’s confident that a successful blockade will help to reduce piracy. “I divide (consumers) 80 to 20 – 80 per cent are average consumers, if they cannot get it easily and if a legal site offers it, they may go for the legal site,†he said. “The committed pirate is like a committed criminal. They will search for ways to circumvent. But once we have the website blocking, then we are free to tackle the 20 per cent.†The driving force behind the site blocking phenomenon can be found in the entertainment companies of the United States but following the SOPA debacle public discussion to progress site blocking has been fairly muted. That doesn’t mean nothing has been happening, however. In December it was revealed that behind closed doors the MPAA has been working hard to bring site blocking to the United States. Whether those aims will still be progressed following the somewhat embarrassing leaks will remain to be seen, but it’s likely the movie group won’t be steered off course for long. Overall, Hollywood definitely sees blocking as an important anti-piracy tool. The practice is endorsed by none other than MPAA chief Chris Dodd and internal MPAA research has found it to be effective.
  21. Last December the MPAA announced one of its biggest victories to date. The Hollywood group won its case against file-hosting site Hotfile, who agreed to a $80 million settlement. However, this figure mostly served to impress and scare the pubic, as we can now reveal that Hotfile agreed to pay 'only' $4 million. It’s been nearly a year since Hotfile was defeated by the MPAA, resulting in a hefty $80 million dollar settlement. While the public agreement left room for the file-hosting service to continue its operations by implementing a filtering mechanism, the company quickly shut down after the settlement was announced. As it now turns out, this was the plan all long. And not just that, the $80 million figure that was touted by the MPAA doesn’t come close to the real settlement Hotfile agreed to pay. Buried in one of the Sony leaks is an email conversation which confirms that the real settlement payment from Hotfile was just $4 million, just a fraction of the amount widely publicized in the press. “The studios and Hotfile have reached agreement on settlement, a week before trial was to start. Hotfile has agreed to pay us $4 million, and has entered into a stipulation to have an $80 million judgment entered and the website shut down,†the email from Sony’s SVP Legal reads. Considering the time and effort that went into the case, it would be no surprise if the movie studios actually lost money on the lawsuit. The good news for the MPAA is that the money was paid in full. There were some doubts if Hotfile would indeed pay up, but during the first weeks of December last year the $4 million was sent in three separate payments. The huge difference between the public settlement figure and the amount that was negotiated also puts previous cases in a different light. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the $110 million settlement with isoHunt and the $110 deal with TorrentSpy were just paper tigers too. Whether or not the Hotfile case resulted in a net loss is probably not that important to the MPAA though. Hollywood mostly hopes that the staggering numbers will serve as a deterrent, preventing others from operating similar sites.
  22. Sony Planned to Flood Torrent Sites With “Promo†Torrents Sony Pictures' TV network AXN developed a guerrilla marketing campaign to convert users of The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and other torrent sites to paying customers. The company planned to flood torrent sites with promos for the premiere Hannibal disguised as pirated copies of the popular TV-show. Copyright holders have a wide range of options they can employ to counter online piracy. Takedown notices are best known and sent out in their millions every day. However, the people at Sony Pictures’ TV network AXN thought that uploading content to torrent sites could help their business. Sony’s AXN in Central Europe developed an ad campaign for the show “Hannibal†which proposed posting torrents of the first minute of the show on popular torrent sites such as Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. The revelations are part of the Sony Pictures leaks which contain a discussion on the plan, framing it as a “brilliant anti*piracy social campaign.†The AXN employee describes the idea as follows. “The idea is simple. We made a promo dedicated to Hannibal which is convincing people in very creative and no*invasive way to watch Hannibal legally on AXN instead downloading it from torrents. “[T]his promo is supposed to be downloaded on the torrents sites, imitating the first episode of Hannibal season 2 but in reality would be only a 60 sec promo. The torrents sites are exactly the place where people just after [the] US premier would be searching for the first episode of season 2. So the success of this project is more than 100% sure.†Unfortunately for the AXN Central Europe team the advertising campaign wasn’t well received at Sony Pictures’ headquarters in Los Angeles. The Hollywood execs showed great concern about the sites where these promos would end up, a view that wasn’t widely shared by the team in Europe. “From the legal point of view in many CE countries the torrents sites itself are legal. Only sharing and downloading the illegal stuff there is not. This project is to support anti*piracy strategy not against,†the AXN employee writes. “From my perspective this would be something really unconventional, something to be shared and presented in case studies presentations. Great story for be presented at the panel discussions. This could really help us to show AXN CE is actively fighting against piracy.† The discussion eventually landed on the desk of a Sony Pictures Executive Vice President, who emphasized that it was a no go. Populating torrent sites with promos could risk current efforts to disrupt those same websites. “I called [XXX] and restated that this is simply a long road to ‘no’ because it so severely undercuts our efforts not only in CE, but all we have accomplished elsewhere. “Forget about a site blocking strategy if we start putting legitimate PSAs or promos on sites we’ve flagged to governments as having no legitimate purpose other than theft… PSAs being for public good, etc…†And so it never happened…
  23. EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Gulfstream Pictures are set to develop and co-finance Antarctica, with Michael Werwie penning the script. The storyline is being kept under wraps, but the action-adventure pic takes place amid the harsh climate and terrain of the world’s most remote continent. Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley are producing, with Chantal Nong and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing for Warners. No director or cast is set. The film was developed internally at Gulfstream. “Antarctica was a story idea that had literally been ‘on the shelf,’ and Michael developed a take for us that will make for a riveting action thriller,†Bindley said. Werwie wrote Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which earned him a 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowship and made the Black List that year. He is repped by UTA and Evolution Entertainment Partners.He also adapted the Long Island serial killer tale Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery for Langley Park and Warner Bros and is scripting Operation Shakespeare for Legendary Pictures. Gulfstream produced three films this year: Warners’ Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom-com Blended, indie toon The Nut Job and stand-up comedy concert pic The Fluffy Movie. Josie Rosen and Matt Phelps will oversee Antarctica for Gulfstream.
  24. Pirate Beacon is a new browser addon that aims to make it easier for Pirate Bay users to discover new content. The extension works with Chrome and Firefox and displays descriptions, IMDb ratings and trailers when users hover over a title. Support for other torrent sites is coming next, the developer says. Many Pirate Bay users are avid movie fans, who use their favorite torrent site to discover and download fresh content. Since not all titles immediately ring a bell, they often use third-party sites and services such as IMDb to find more info. In fact, nearly 2% of all IMDb visitors browsed The Pirate Bay before coming to the site, and vice versa. To save these users a few clicks there is now a new browser extension that pulls up movie information automatically. The Pirate Beacon, as it’s called, shows users descriptions, IMDb ratings and trailers when users hover over Pirate Bay link. We reached out to Jordan, the developer of Pirate Beacon, who tells us that the idea actually came from a friend who made a mockup of the discovery tool last year. After working on it for a while the project was shelved, but last Saturday he picked it up again. A few hours of coding later The Pirate Beacon was online. The extension uses IMDb links to gather movie info, so it’s only available for torrents that have this listed. The trailers are then pulled from and when this fails a movie poster is displayed instead. “It works pretty good for newer movies but doesn’t do so well for older ones. So if I can’t find a trailer, I fall back to the IMDb posters api to grab a movie poster for it,†Jordan says. Jordan explains that the addon will help people to gather info about movies without having to leave the site, which can be quite cumbersome at times. “I think it is most useful for discovery purposes. If you’ve ever spent any time browsing TPB you will know that it’s somewhat annoying to see a movie that you’ve not heard of then have to go find it. This just takes that annoyance away,†Jordan. The idea appeals to a lot of fellow Pirate Bay users as it has immediately started to gain traction. After an initial Chrome release it’s now available for Firefox too. Additionally, support for many TPB proxies has been added as well. Jordan says he will continue to work on the project. Support for the Opera browser is one of the next items on the todo list, and he also wants to add support for more torrent sites, starting with KickassTorrents. “I am planning to expand it to other torrent sites as well. People have been requesting it to work with some other sites. It’s now available on Firefox and Chrome and soon to be available on Opera,†he notes. The Pirate Beacon’s source code is available on GitHub and the Chrome and Firefox extensions are up on the official site. The MPAA, meanwhile, is trying to steer people away from The Pirate Bay. The movie group launched its own search engine earlier this week.
  25. After more than a month of downtime the popular MP3 search engine MP3Juices made a comeback this weekend. The site, which had its .com domain name seized by UK piracy police PIPCU, is now back in action operating from a new domain. Over the past few months City of London’s PIPCU anti-piracy unit has been working together with copyright holders to topple sites that provide or link to pirated content. One of the most-used tactics is to contact domain name registrars, asking them to suspend allegedly infringing domain names. This has resulted in the “shutdown†of a few pirate sites, with the MP3 search engine MP3Juices one of the most recent targets. With millions of visitors each month MP3Juices was one of the largest sites of its kind, but that changed in September when the site lost its domain name. After the suspension weeks went by without a sign of life from the operators, until this weekend. Yesterday MP3Juices returned using a new .to domain name. The surprise comeback was announced through the site’s official Facebook page. “We are back Have fun, post any errors/problems below,†the status update reads. The unexpected resurrection was welcomed by many of the site’s followers, who were delighted to see their favorite MP3 search engine back in action. MP3Juices is back At the moment it’s unclear why it took more than a month for the site to move to a new domain. TorrentFreak asked the MP3Juices team for a comment on the comeback and their future plans, but they have yet to respond. While PIPCU’s domain name suspension was bypassed by MP3Juices, it certainly wasn’t without damage. The site has lost most of its users, with many going to, a site that launched last month. The team informed TF that they created their site for those who miss the old site. It offers a search engine similar to the original service, and has grown to 150,000 daily visitors in just a few weeks. So the end result of PIPCU’s actions is that they damaged one site, but inspired the launch of another. Whether the actions of the police have actually resulted in less copyright infringement is doubtful, as availability of pirated content has increased.