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How Any BitTorrent User Can Collect Lawsuit Evidence

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

There are many people around the world that have received a letter, demanding money because of a bittorrent download. The question that is going through their heads is ‘how did they track me’, with perhaps “how can I prevent them?” To address this, I made a video that should explain these things.
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Attempt at Record Bittorrent Swarm Size

June 30, 2010 17 comments

A record attempt has been started invoving bittorrent, to see just how many seeds can be on one torrent. The current record for simultanious seeds on a torrent is around 124,000, set for an episode of Heroes. The attempt uses a small image file for the contents, and already has a decent number of seeds. Read more…

Why the Truth Police Trumps Panorama’s “Net Police”

March 16, 2010 2 comments

Panorama just aired an ‘interesting’ show tonight. Entitled “Are the Net Police Coming for You?”, the BBC describes the show in the following way.

A proposed new law is threatening to disconnect the millions of internet users who unlawfully download free music, films and TV. Jo Whiley looks at how broadband use at home may never be the same, and could even be cut off
Broadcast on: BBC One, 8:30pm Monday 15th March 2010

The problem is, the show is much like one broadcast as part of Film09 last year. That show, like this one, relied almost entirely on industry views, regurgitating their talking points, and ‘facts’ without any attempt at journalistic integrity. Basic practice is to get confirmation on facts from two separate sources, and yet both last year, and last night, this was not adhered to. The reason why is simple, of course – there is no second separate source. The Copyright industry is the only one claiming losses. The only facts that support those claims, are studies those same industries fund. Even then they don’t match up, although that little detail is swept under the rug.

Like last year though, I’m going to complain. and like last year, I expect I’ll get a rather cavalier brush-off as to why the  program was short on facts, counterpoint, investigation, critical analysis or basic rational thought.

Just so you understand, the film09 segment last year was basically a regurgitation of the MPAA/Rand study claiming organized terrorism is involved in ‘movie piracy’. The problem is, my old friend at TorrentFreak, Ben Jones, debunked the report thoroughly weeks before the segment was shown, and he wasn’t alone in it. The respnse to my complaint however, dismissed little things like ‘facts’

From: complaintresponse@bbc.co.uk
Subject: ‘Film 2009 with Jonathan Ross’ [T2009040900EUS010Z5530203]

4/15/2009 10:25 AM

Dear Mr Norton
Thank you for your e-mail regarding ‘Film 2009 with Jonathan Ross’ as broadcast on 31 March.

I note you felt the report on this programme about copyright theft wasn’t adequately balanced as it only featured interviews with people from the film industry. I appreciate you felt we allowed a distorted view of this issue to be portrayed and note you have strong views regarding this matter.

This report focused in on a legitimate problem for both the film industry and the authorities as they try to tackle what is an ever increasing and profitable criminal activity. We feel the report outlined the laws surrounding the issue of film piracy adequately and that the interviewees from the film industry were entirely appropriate people to comment on the problem.

Impartiality is the cornerstone of all our output, and we feel this report was fully balanced in it’s coverage of copyright theft. Nevertheless I appreciate our audience has a wide range of opinions and inevitably this means that not every viewer will agree with the content of every programme we broadcast. We know all our editorial decisions are subjective and we’d never expect our audience to agree with every decision we make.

With this in mind that I’d like to take this opportunity to assure you that I’ve recorded your comments, including that you believe this topic deserves a more in depth investigation, onto our audience log. This is an internal daily report of audience feedback which is circulated to many BBC staff including senior management, producers and channel controllers.

The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Regards

Liam Boyle
BBC Complaints

And now, almost exactly a year later, we have another program, making a similar lobbying attempt, cunningly camouflaged as factual programing. The UK Pirate Party has, so far, found over twenty errors, embellishments, inaccuracies and misstatements. I imagine the number will increase as more people look closely at the program.

I for one will be sending another complaint (http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/) , and I hope I won’t be alone in it. When I get a response, I’ll post it straight away.

Attack of the Porn Show

March 8, 2010 2 comments

Back in September 2007, TorrentFreak ran a piece about the porn industry deciding to take on pirates. G4TV was interested, and contacted them to see if one of their writers would like to appear on their flagship program, Attack of the Show, to talk about it. All the writers for TorrentFreak, are Europe-based, and G4 is a US channel, though, and Attack of the Show is done Live (or thereabouts). So, on September 14th, I was asked if I’d take part, representing the US Pirate Party, and I said ‘yes’.

The segment filmed, and aired Monday, September 17th, so there was little time to prepare. I’ve not been a huge follower of the porn industry, or a downloader of porn, so I had to reach out to my contacts to find out more. I was lucky, in that one acquaintance of mine from a year or two earlier, was running two porn torrent sites, and forwarded me contact details for some of their admins.

Armed with all the prep, I was told that Crawford Communications would be awaiting me, and that I would be dealing with an Anh Tran as my opponent (try looking up that name when you just get it over the phone) so that was that. Crawford’s a lovely company though, very professional, especially Jim Baxter, who was my cameraman/producer. The only downside, was they didn’t actually get G4 on their cable system!. I couldn’t even see my opponent or the show, all I could do is hear it through a single earpiece. It also meant, I had no idea how delayed things were until after the show was done, and I got to watch it later that night.

I’m in Atlanta, they’re in San Fransisco. Ahn is on set or next door – there’s no delay for him. Theres roughly 1.5 seconds delay each way for me. Thanks to some snappy decisions by the Director, it’s not obvious, but it becomes so at the end, when I’m talking over someone – it’s not intentional, it’s just hard to tell.

Anyway, tell me what you think of it in the comments.

And since I can’t seem to get it embedded here, you’ll have to go to THIS PAGE to see it.

Recommended Bittorrent/µTorrent Settings

December 19, 2009 1 comment

As I’ve shown already, Oftentimes people do REALLY stupid things with their client settings. I mean beyond ordinary ‘stupid’. Private tracker sites are one of the main reasons for this. The all-fired obsession with seeding as much as possible, because of the power of the intangible and all-powerful ‘ratio’ that must be obeyed, and adhered to at all costs.

Thus I felt that I should reprint this, as first developed by a friend of mine, a µTorrent forum moderator that goes by the name of Switeck. This was first publshed on the µTorrent forum, but in the spirit of getting it out there, and easily found, he agreed to this reprint. These settings work for pubic AND private trackers (and work better for private trackers than the ones suggested by those trackers in most cases)

Thanks again to Switeck

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Almost NO Cable line or ADSL line should use settings higher than 2 mbit/sec upload speed!

This link explains my chart further: http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php … 50#p422150

╔════════════════╦═══════════╦═══════════╦══════════╗
CONNECTION TYPE ║  UPLOAD CONNECTIONS MAX ACTIVE
║(UPLOAD MAXIMUM)║Limit│Slots║ Torr│ MAX ║Torr│Down.║
╠════════════════╬═════╪═════╬═════╪═════╬════╪═════╣
║ DEFAULT        ║   20│    3║   30│   40║   2│    1║
║ Dial-up (28.8k)║    2│    1║    4│    5║   1│    1║
║ Dial-up (56k)  ║    3│    1║    5│    6║   1│    1║
║Single ISDN(64k)║    5│    2║   10│   15║   1│    1║
║ Dual ISDN(128k)║    9│    3║   20│   25║   1│    1║

║  64 kbit/sec   ║    5│    2║   20│   25║   1│    1║
║  80 kbit/sec   ║    6│    2║   25│   30║   1│    1║
║  96 kbit/sec   ║    7│    3║   25│   30║   1│    1║
║ 128 kbit/sec   ║    9│    3║   30│   35║   1│    1║
║ 160 kbit/sec   ║   13│    3║   30│   40║   1│    1║
║ 192 kbit/sec   ║   17│    3║   30│   50║   2│    1║
║ 224 kbit/sec   ║   20│    3║   35│   55║   2│    1║
║ 256 kbit/sec   ║   22│    3║   35│   60║   2│    1║
║ 320 kbit/sec   ║   29│    3║   35│   80║   3│    2║
║ 384 kbit/sec   ║   35│    4║   40│   90║   3│    2║
║ 448 kbit/sec   ║   40│    4║   40│  100║   3│    2║
║ 512 kbit/sec   ║   47│    4║   40│  100║   4│    3║
║ 640 kbit/sec   ║   60│    4║   45│  120║   4│    3║
║ 700 kbit/sec   ║   65│    4║   45│  140║   5│    4║
║ 768 kbit/sec   ║   72│    5║   50│  150║   5│    4║
║ 800 kbit/sec   ║   75│    5║   50│  160║   6│    5║
║ 900 kbit/sec   ║   82│    5║   55│  180║   6│    5║

║   1 mbit/sec   ║   92│    6║   60│  200║   7│    6║
║   1.5 mbit/sec ║  140│    7║   60│  250║   8│    7║
║   2 mbit/sec   ║  186│    8║   60│  300║  10│    8║
║   2.5 mbit/sec ║  250│    8║   60│  320║  12│    8║
║   3 mbit/sec   ║  300│    9║   65│  330║  13│    9║
║   4 mbit/sec   ║  400│   10║   70│  350║  14│   10║
║   5 mbit/sec   ║  500│   10║   70│  400║  15│   10║
║   8 mbit/sec   ║  800│   15║   80│  450║  17│   12║

║  10 mbit/sec   ║ 1000│   20║  100│  500║  20│   15║
║  15 mbit/sec   ║ 1500│   22║  100│  550║  23│   17║
║  20 mbit/sec   ║ 2000│   25║  125│  600║  25│   20║
║  25 mbit/sec   ║ 2500│   26║  130│  620║  27│   21║
║  30 mbit/sec   ║ 3000│   27║  135│  650║  30│   23║
║  40 mbit/sec   ║ 4000│   28║  140│  700║  40│   25║
║  50 mbit/sec   ║ 5000│   30║  150│  800║  50│   30║
║  80 mbit/sec   ║ 8000│   35║  160│  900║  80│   35║
║ 100 mbit/sec   ║10000│   40║  200│ 1000║ 100│   40║
╠════════════════╬═════╪═════╬═════╪═════╬════╪═════╣
CONNECTION TYPE ║  UPLOAD CONNECTIONS MAX ACTIVE
║(UPLOAD MAXIMUM)║Limit│Slots║ Torr│ MAX ║Torr│Down.║
╚════════════════╩═════╧═════╩═════╧═════╩════╧═════╝

Caption

Connection Type/ Upload Maximum = UPLOAD speed in kilobits/sec OR megabits/sec. NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH DOWNLOAD SPEED MAX! A “10 megabit/sec” cable line has that speed only for download…upload speed is likely 1 megabit/sec OR LESS!
UPLOAD Limit = Max Upload Speed in KiloBYTES/second
Upload Slots = number of peers to upload to at once on EACH active Torrent.
Connections Torr = Maximum Connections allowed PER active Torrent
Connections MAX = Global Maximum Connections allowed
MAX ACTIVE Torr = Total Maximum Active Torrents (This is Downloading PLUS Seeding!)
MAX ACTIVE Down. = Total Maximum Downloading Torrents

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Hope these settings help you.