Wireless carrier to crack down on P2P file sharing
T-Mobile said it knows which subscribers are "heavy data users" and engaging in disallowed activities such as peer-to-peer file sharing and tethering outside of the wireless carrier's terms and conditions. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will throttle 4G LTE data connections to unlimited subscriberswho use the service in ways the company doesn't allow. That includes using the service for continuous webcam posts.
You make a finite amount of money. Typically, that money gets spent on essentials, like paying the rent, your bills and procuring fine single malt scotches. With so many needs to attend to, by the end of the month, most folks find themselves with precious little scratch left over to spend on their wants, meaning that decisions and sacrifices will have to be made. Will you be going out to dinner or seeing a movie? Socking away a bit of coin for a rainy day or for a vacation? Buying software or… not? After all, why buy when you can pirate everything most of today’s popular titles for the low, low cost of free? Well, we’ll tell you. Before you decide to go torrent an application or game you’ve been keen on, consider our 10 practical arguments against piracy, and always try to remember — you get what you pay for.
We wouldn't have thought that the “For Dummies” series of how-to books would have been in such hot demand online, but publisher Wiley and Sons has filed a mass p2p lawsuit alleging that its copyrighted work has been infringed. The case, filed in a New York federal court alleges that 27 John Does (identified only by IP address) shared several “dummies” books, although Wiley’s popular “BitTorrent for Dummies” was not on the list.
The most used BitTorrent client in the world is uTorrent, and its developers have just rolled an impressive new feature out in the most recent alpha. This version of the program has integration with Android, iOS, XBox, and PS3 devices. Users will be able to easily sync downloaded content to their devices with this update.
Ruh-roh Shaggy, peer-to-peer file sharing just became a little more dangerous. Hackers up to no good (and no, those two don't always go hand-in-hand) set their sights on BitTorrent.com and uTorrent.com, sneaking in the back and replacing legitimate downloads with tainted copies brimming with malware.
Suing file sharers in bulk has become the hot new thing in antipiracy cases, as it allows content providers to associate names with IP addresses quickly, but that tactic just suffered a major blow in the Golden State. The physical locations of P2P defendants have been a bone of contention in courts. Steele Hansmeier, an antipiracy law firm, used geolocation to confirm that the 188 porn pilferers named in its mass lawsuit actually lived in California, but the judge presiding over the case still axed 187 defendants off the suit, making it a single-party case.
Hulu’s good for stimulating more than multi-billion-dollar buyout bids; as it turns out, the service can send impatient content-seekers to illegal P2P downloads in droves, too. Just a few weeks ago, we speculated whether or not Fox’s new eight day delay for online content would send those of you without a cable subscription to Pirate Bay, or if the online horde would patiently wait the extra week for their Family Guy fix. Well, the policy’s gone live, and it looks like online viewers aren’t the sit around and wait type.
How many times have you been told that when one door closes, another one opens? Probably a whole bunch, but what no one ever bothered to disclose is that this idiom isn't always an inspirational motivator to carry on with life and can sometimes apply to those with less scrupulous intentions. Case in point: a security firm warns that the Koobface worm is no longer spreading through social networks and is now slithering its way across BitTorrent sites.
Netflix and its all-consuming thirst for bandwidth may get a lot of the headlines these days, but don't make the mistake of thinking illegal P2P file sharing is dead. Hop onto one of the big name torrent sites and you'll find a veritable ocean of available titles being seeded by a whole heck of a lot of people. But just because the media's forgotten about file sharers doesn't mean the lawyers have; in fact, over 200,000 pirates have found themselves slapped with a lawsuit since the beginning of 2010.
Fox just doesn't seem to get it. Around a week after Netflix's price hike sent irate customers into the arms of its competitors – like Hulu, which Fox has a stake in – the network announced, in a very customer UNfriendly move, that people who don't subscribe to cable, Dish Network or Hulu Plus would soon have to endure an eight-day delay between the time a show airs and the time it appears online. Customers didn't get angry, but they're just going to shrug their shoulders and go back to picking up Family Guy on P2P networks, anyways.