utorrent bought by MPAA

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Jul 16 2007 13:58
utorrent bought by MPAA
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Los Angeles - - BitTorrent Founder and CEO Bram Cohen and Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman announced today that the motion picture industry and BitTorrent, Inc. are collaborating with the goal of inhibiting film piracy. Bram Cohen developed a revolutionary technology for websites to make large content files available on the Web and that technology is often used by others illegally to distribute movies and television shows. Today Cohen confirmed BitTorrent, Inc.’s commitment to removing links that direct users to copies of pirated content owned by MPAA companies from its search engine at BitTorrent.com. The announcement today is historic in that two major forces in the technology and film industries have agreed to work together and proactively identify ways to l and to promote constructive innovation in this area.
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This is Bram Cohen, the creator of the BitTorrent protocol, and Ludvig (Ludde) Strigeus, the writer of µTorrent.

Together, we are pleased to announce that BitTorrent, Inc. and µTorrent AB have decided to join forces. BitTorrent has acquired µTorrent as it recognized the merits of µTorrent's exceptionally well-written codebase and robust user community. Bringing together µTorrent's efficient implementation and compelling UI with BitTorrent's expertise in networking protocols will significantly benefit the community with what we envision will be the best BitTorrent client.

Got this off MATB.
Might be an idea to switch clients.

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Jul 16 2007 14:03

yeah, not a great idea to run your IP through a client owned (kinda) by the MPAA i wouldn't have thought. pending the inevitable pirated utorrent lite, what other decent clients do people use?

is there a link for this other than MATB?

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Jul 16 2007 14:06

Fuck sake, so do I have to change my torent client?
I used to use Azureus til about 18 months ago when people on this board suggested I switch to UTorrent. Maybe I'll change back to Azureus.

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Jul 16 2007 14:07

Well that quote is from a torrent board.

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Jul 16 2007 14:07
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Fuck sake, so do I have to change my torent client?
I used to use Azureus til about 18 months ago when people on this board suggested I switch to UTorrent. Maybe I'll change back to Azureus.

nah you're fine as long as you don't update i'd imagine.

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Jul 16 2007 14:28

Rkn told me Azureus has a much larger footprint on your system - takes up a shitload of space. UTorrent works better for me and I'm glad i changed over last year. I had more problems with Azureus - loads of problems with ports and all that ballicks which I didn't understand, but with UTorrent, no such hassle.

I never download the updates anyway so I'm not about to change, I figure if it's working fine then i don't really need any updates.

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Jul 16 2007 14:31
Wikipedia wrote wrote:
On December 7, 2006, µTorrent developer Ludvig Strigeus and BitTorrent, Inc. CEO Bram Cohen announced that BitTorrent, Inc. had acquired µTorrent.[2]

i can't check wiki's source as it's blocked from work, but looks like this happened a while ago

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Jul 16 2007 14:36

1.7 is supposed to be the bad update.
I'm not sure how possible it is for them to get info on you now that they own the programme, I'd certainly expect new versions to be dodgy.

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Jul 16 2007 14:42

i think mine's 1.7. i'll be killing that then. anyone got a 1.6 installer .exe knocking about?

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Jul 16 2007 14:44

you'd think trackers like KG would be banning it since the client sees the IPs off all peers... neutral

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Jul 16 2007 14:44

1.6.1 if you want, pm me your email and I'll send it later, I'm going to the shops now.

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Jul 16 2007 14:45

cheers jef

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Jul 16 2007 14:48

http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=utorrent

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Jul 16 2007 14:52

cheers refused, blocked at work but the URL seems ronseal enough wink

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Jul 16 2007 14:55

Uhh this is news is from last december..
http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=17278&p=1

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Jul 16 2007 15:07

And I dunno why you suggest using an old version will help?

Edit// and the subject line is misleading - MPAA hasn't bought utorrent. BitTorrent has bought Utorrent. BitTorrent and MPAA have some sort of deal to remove copyrighted stuff from BitTorrent.com. Azeureus apparently have similar deals. So would any of the decent clients right now because the industry is trying to figure out how to recoup bitorrent and capitalise on it.

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Jul 16 2007 15:10

because i wouldn't have thought the client would have e.g. logged IPs on utorrent's server somewhere prior to been bought out

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Jul 16 2007 15:30

There's nothing to say that IPs are logged in 1.7. Use a firewall and see what data is being sent from Utorrent.

BitTorrent want to make money, they realise the best way is to make bitorrent protocol accessible to the public so they want an easy to use client to integrate with their store a la ITunes or whatever.

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Jul 16 2007 15:33

yeah i've no idea if they actually are logging or whatever, but the spectre is raised by cohen doing his deals with the MPAA.

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Jul 16 2007 16:30

ok rkn, I hadn't seen anything on here before. Would you suggest that we continue to use utorrent then? if not, what else?