BitTorrent could be looking to shake off the negative associations of its name by rebranding as Gyre. TorrentFreak has noticed that in the latest version of its uTorrent client, the copyright is ascribed to Gyre Inc rather than BitTorrent.
Death Grips using BitTorrent for video-bundle promotion
BitTorrent isn’t a dirty word for every major label in 2012. Sony subsidiary Epic Records’ signing Death Grips are distributing an exclusive video bundle on BitTorrent.
Swedish authorities investigating The Pirate Bay Again
The Pirate Bay has been claiming that there is a new criminal investigation looking to shut it down, and it seems it may be right.
uTorrent to get an official Android app
uTorrent is one of most popular BitTorrent clients, with 140m active users. Soon there’ll be an app for that. TorrentFreak reports that BitTorrent Inc has a team of developers working on a dedicated Android app for the product.
Band releases album for free after label royalties row
Okay, we’ll stress upfront that neither the band (Paper Lions) or their label (MB3 Records) are hugely well-known, so this isn’t the equivalent of, say, Adele sticking ’21’ on BitTorrent after falling out with XL Recordings.
Torrent indexer BTjunkie shuts down of its own accord
One of the world’s biggest BitTorrent indexes, BTjunkie, has shut down – but it’s not the result of action from rightsholders.
BitTorrent has 150m monthly active users
Technology company BitTorrent has announced a new milestone: 150m monthly active users. That’s up from 100m this time last year, and covers people using the company’s uTorrent and BitTorrent Mainline software.
The Pirate Bay founders launch Bayfiles – a Rapidshare-style service
The music industry’s next villain? It might have just launched. The founders of The Pirate Bay have launched a new site called Bayfiles, which is an online storage service along the lines of Rapidshare and Megaupload. “BitTorrent is increasingly throttled or even filtered by ISPs, HTTP usually is not,” co-founder Fredrik Neij tells TorrentFreak. However, he is stressing the lawful uses for the site. “Storage and transfers on Bayfiles also preserve users’ privacy.
New study claims ISPs are making money from BitTorrent traffic
Oh, this’ll put the cat amongst the pigeons. ISPs have long argued that rather than profiting from piracy on their networks, it’s actually a drain on their finances due to bandwidth costs. However, a study from Northwestern University and Telefonica Research indicates that the former is true, for larger ISPs at least.
isoHunt and MPAA do battle in court once more
Torrent search engine isoHunt continues to battle movie industry body the MPAA in court, with the latest hearing seeing isoHunt appeal against a summary judgement granted to the MPAA last year. The arguments will be familiar…
Google prevails in French anti-piracy filtering lawsuit
Google has already tweaked its search engine to filter out certain piracy-related terms from its auto-suggest feature (for example, ‘Lady Gaga torrent’). However, the French Court of Appeal has ruled that Google doesn’t have to do it. Confused?…
Indie band Sick of Sarah release album through BitTorrent
Sick of Sarah is the latest artist to explore BitTorrent as a marketing medium, releasing its new album 2205 through the BitTorrent App Studio.