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The Pirate Bay Switches Tracker Source December 8, 2007

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Summary – The Pirate Bay has switched from HyperCube, by Ankata, to OpenTracker, due to more efficient resource-management as well as UDP tracking.

After many rumors going around the community, a few weeks ago, The Pirate Bay, the largest BitTorrent site in the world, did announce that it was testing OpenTracker on November 22. Today, TPB, which has 33 servers currently on its grid, announced that their switch to OpenTracker was complete. Why? OpenTracker, unlike HyperCube tracker by Ankata (one of the founders of The Pirate Bay), supports UDP tracking. It also uses far less resources, ensuring speed both on the website and in your torrent client.

In fact, because of TPB switching to OpenTracker, OpenTracker software is now responsible for the indexing of over 9 million peers and 1 million torrents.

The only question in my mind is, will Project Gazelle blow OpenTracker away in the fight for a scalable, fully customizable, low-resource tracker? Only time will tell.

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Increasing FileSharing Penalties? December 8, 2007

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Source : ZeroPaid.Com

The “Prioritizing Resources and Organization of Intellectual Property Act of 2007”

is newly proposed legislation that seeks to strengthen civil and criminal intellectual property laws while ensuring that it gets ample attention from federal govt by creating an office of intellectual property within the White House.

That’s right, it would create a new federal agency whose sole mission would be to track down on those who illegally share content using P2P and file-sharing services.
Calling it “Good for American business,” MPPA head Dan Glickman thanked the bill’s sponsors for their “leadership in the fight to protect America’s businesses, workers and consumers.”

“Intellectual property fuels the U.S. economy and stronger enforcement measures are needed to protect the many American business sectors and American workers that depend on it,” Glickman said. “In the motion picture industry alone, film theft costs foreign and domestic distributors, retailers and others $18 billion a year, not to mention the loss of more than 100,000 America jobs.”
It’s pretty obvious that he failed to mention to lawmakers that his industry made record profits last year, but I guess the real truth behind all those powerpoint “loss screens” isn’t important to him. What matters is potential profits, consumer freedom and privacy be damned.

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