BitTorrent

Citing privacy concerns, BitTorrent trackers ban Windows 10 users

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know your operating system has privacy problems when the pirates start banning it. Seriously, TorrentFreak reports that a number of BitTorrent sites are actively banning Windows 10 users from connecting to their trackers, out of fear that the operating system could be snitching on them to [...]

The September indie music stream-a-thon, and why you shouldn’t bother

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 6 Comments

Medium.com is one of those sites where anyone who wants to can contribute an article—and sometimes it shows. Today in my inbox arrived this piece submitted by one “Sharky Laguna,” with the provocative headline “Streaming Music Is Ripping You Off” and exhorting users to “Fight back with [...]

TeleRead Links: Lower book sales, lost-phone retrieval, smartwatch success, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Book Sales Down 6.5% in Q1: AAP (GalleyCat) Though sales in Trade Books for the quarter were $1.53 billion, down only 2.2 percent from the same quarter in 2014. Adult book sales helped the category, with book sales up 12 percent in March, and 3.4 percent for the first quarter. Children’s & [...]

The pirate pay? BitTorrent survey finds users more likely to buy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

Good news for authors and creatives out there – if you’re prepared to believe its source. According to a BitTorrent user survey reported by Torrent Freak – though so far at least I’ve been unable to access this via BitTorrent Inc. itself – “BitTorrent users are [...]

Oh, the irony! Pirate Bay to Sue Anti-Piracy Group

By libertyc
February 15, 2013 // 4 Comments

In another story to make me wonder if April Fool’s is coming early this year, Pirate Bay is going to sue the Finnish group the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) for their anti-piracy campaign that copies the design of Pirate Bay. Not only do they copy the website design, [...]

How to Deter Piracy of E-Books

By libertyc
January 28, 2013 // 16 Comments

In my last post, I discussed what I’ve observed to be the three biggest reasons people pirate e-books. Now that we understand the reasons, how do we actually deter piracy of e-books? Let me answer that question for each of the three reasons. 1. I Like To Collect stuff Here’s the bad [...]

Why Do People Pirate E-Books?

By libertyc
January 27, 2013 // 53 Comments

Piracy is an endlessly debated topic. Views on it range from “don’t worry about it too much” to “it has a huge impact on sales.” What is often ignored are the reasons why people pirate and, from there, what publishers could do about it. I’ve hung out in forums [...]

Over 1M Downloads for Tim Ferriss' BitTorrent Bundle

By Dan Eldridge
January 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

The publishing industry (understandably) made a lot of noise last November when the news broke that self-improvement author Tim Ferriss would be promoting his newest book project, The 4-Hour Chef, on BitTorrent, a site that will probably always be associated with illegal online file-sharing. [...]

Public domain and piracy: Once Upon a Time and my epiphany

By libertyc
November 20, 2012 // 5 Comments

When I was visiting relatives over the weekend, I had a fairly potent reminder of the enduring power of the public domain—and I finally succumbed to the inevitable realization, that in some cases, piracy is just too much work. On Saturday night of our stay, it turned out we didn’t have time to [...]

More Amazon in the news

By libertyc
November 19, 2012 // 4 Comments

I’ve been mostly away from my computer for the last few days, due to an early Thanksgiving visit with family. But I’ve been following the news while I’ve been gone, and there have been a few interesting items concerning Amazon. One is that, in the UK, Philip Jones reports that Amazon had to [...]

New York Times columnist steals ebook, then pays for it

By libertyc
August 5, 2012 // 4 Comments

This stunt is already experiencing its blowing-up moment on various ebook and lit blogs, so I’ll keep it brief. And to be honest, I can’t quite decide if this story—by New York Times tech columnist David Pogue—is a truly important one, or if it’s little more than a cute trick. [...]

Wiley sues BitTorrent sharers, gives SCOTUS another shot at first sale precedent

By libertyc
April 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

TorrentFreak reports that For-Dummies publisher John Wiley & Sons has moved to file suit against several BitTorrent users who allegedly shared its books online. The majority of BitTorrent sharers to whom it sent nastygrams capitulated with $750 settlements, However, four users have not: New [...]

Download the text of the entire English (or any language) Wikipedia

By Paul Biba
April 9, 2012 // 1 Comment

From the Wikimedia Technical Blog (blockquotes omitted): If you’d like to read Wikipedia in an airplane (of the offline variety) or in an area with no or limited connectivity, or install it in a university, or just to have it handy in case of a zombie apocalypse, you can now download a full text [...]

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit

By libertyc
March 28, 2012 // 3 Comments

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after [...]

BitTorrent Piracy Doesn’t Affect US Box Office Returns, Study Finds

By Paul Biba
February 10, 2012 // 9 Comments

From TorrentFreak.  More in the article. With their unconditional support for SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, Hollywood is pressing hard for new legislation to curb piracy. The studios want ‘rogue’ websites to be censored and are calling on Google and Internet providers to take responsibility. However, a [...]

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