TorrentFreak (abbreviated TF ) is a blog dedicated to reporting the latest news and trends on the BitTorrent protocol and file sharing .

The website was started in November 2005 by a Dutchman using the pseudonym “Ernesto Van Der Sar”. [3] [4] He Was joined by Andy “Enigmax” Maxwell and Ben Jones in 2007. [4] [5] Regular contributors include Rickard Falkvinge , founder of the Pirate Party . [6] The online publication eCommerceTimes, in 2009, described “Ernesto” as the pseudonym of Lennart Renkema, owner of TorrentFreak. [7] TorrentFreak’s contents are free happy under a Creative Commons Attribution license. [8] [9]

Their lead researcher and community manager is the Pirate Party activist Andrew Norton .

Specialist Areas

According to Canadian law scholar Michael Geist , TorrentFreak “is widely used as a source of original reporting on digital issues”. [10] Examples are The New York Times , [11] The Guardian , [12] CNN , [13] The Wall Street Journal , [14] and the Flemish newspaper De Standaard . [15] [16] [17]

Frequent areas of reporting include:

  • The City of London ‘s Intellectual Property Crime Unit Police [18] [19]
  • United States Trade Representative and Notorious Markets reports [20]
  • Anti-piracy Web Blocking [21]
  • Torrent tracker news [22]
  • VPN Review [23]
  • File sharing website news
  • Copyright law news

And other news affects ‘copyright, privacy and everything related to file sharing’ [24]

Notable History

On August 17, 2007 TorrentFreak reported that Comcast had begun throttling its upload bandwidth, specifically against BitTorrent users. This made seeding , which is an essential part of the BitTorrent protocol, is impossible. [25] It was later determined that Comcast was using Sandvine products which implement network traffic shaping and policing, and include support for both blocking and securely terminating established network connections. Comcast has denied these claims whenever they have been asked to comment. Comcast’s BitTorrent throttling, was leaked to The Consumerist on October 26, 2007.

TorrentFreak ran short lived video news service titled ‘torrentfreak.tv’ directed by Andrej Preston , founder of torrent site Suprnova made available for streaming and download on Mininova . [27] [28]

On August 21, 2013, Comcast threatened TorrentFreak for writing about publicly available short documents. [29] [30] The underlying document links a Comcast subscriber with the Prenda Law firm. [31] The infringement lawsuit brought by AF Holdings for alleged infringement of an adult movie. [32] [33]

In August 2013, the web blocking technology implementation by Sky Broadband blocked the site for UK customers after EZTV manipulated its DNS servers [34] and was blocked once again by the controversial parental filter system in January 2014. [35]

References

  1. Jump up^ Pouwelse, Johan; Renkema, Lennart (2009-04-17). “Piraten zijn digitale pioneers” (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad . Retrieved 2010-06-14 .
  2. Jump up^ “Torrentfreak.com Site Info” . Alexa Internet . Retrieved 2017-01-26 .
  3. Jump up^ Injijian, Allen (2007-05-14). “Pwned: Final Project Interview # 2: Ernesto of TorrentFreak.com” . Archived from the original on 2007-06-30 . Retrieved 2012-10-07 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Smith, Ethan; McBride, Sarah (2008-08-04). “Web Piracy: The Enemy Within?” . The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved 2010-06-14 .
  5. Jump up^ “About TorrentFreak” . Retrieved 2010-06-14 .
  6. Jump up^ Profile. Rick Falkvinge, torrentfreak.com.
  7. Jump up^ San Miguel, Renay (June 30, 2009). “Pirate Bay Decides to Join the Navy” . E-Commerce Times . Retrieved 2012-10-07 .
  8. Jump up^ “Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0 Unported – CC BY 3.0” . Retrieved January 19, 2017 . Line feed character inat position 44 ( help ) |title=
  9. Jump up^ Copyright CCat bottom of all article pages. torrentfreak.com
  10. Jump up^ Geist, Michael (2010-04-20). “The 2009 Copyright Consultation: Setting the Record Straight” . Retrieved 2010-06-14 .
  11. Jump up^ Sisaro, Ben (2010-11-26). ” ‘ US Shuts Down Web Sites in Piracy Crackdown” . The New York Times .
  12. Jump up^ Kiss, Jemima (2011-08-09). ” ‘ BitTorrent: Copyright lawyers’ favorite target reaches 200,000 lawsuits” . The Guardian .
  13. Jump up^ Pepitone, Julianne (2011-06-10). ” ’50, 000 BitTorrent users sued for alleged illegal downloads” . CNN .
  14. Jump up^ McBride, Sarah (2008-08-04). ” ‘ Web Piracy: The Enemy Within?’ . The Wall Street Journal .
  15. Jump up^ Van Cayseele, Patrick JG; Vanormelingen, Stijn (2009-02-26). “Prices and Network Effects in Two-Sided Markets: The Belgian Newspaper Industry”. SSRN  1404392  .
  16. Jump up^ Hoefkens, Kristof (2010-05-28). ” ‘ Lost’ in het mysterie van de illegale downloads” [‘Lost’ and the mystery of illegal downloads]. De Standaard (in Dutch). p. 36.
  17. Jump up^ Hoefkens, Kristof (2010-07-08). “Prince versus the internet” . De Standaard (in Dutch). p. 34.
  18. Jump up^ “File-sharing site back up after copyright suspension” . Retrieved 23 December 2014 .
  19. Jump up^ Lee, Dave (July 29, 2014). “Police placing anti-piracy warning ads on illegal sites” . Retrieved 23 December 2014 .
  20. Jump up^ Johnson, Ted (November 15, 2013). “US Trade Representative Defends Pending Trade After WikiLeaks Disclosure” . Retrieved January 2, 2015 .
  21. Jump up^ Cooke, Chris (1 September 2014). “MPAA research bigs up UK web-blocking” . Retrieved 23 December 2014 .
  22. Jump up^ Knowles, Jamillah (18 May 2012). “UK Pirate Party sees more than 1.8m visits in 24 hours after ISPs block The Pirate Bay website” . Retrieved January 2, 2015 .
  23. Jump up^ Henry, Alan (March 23, 2014). “Five Best VPN Service Providers” . Retrieved January 2, 2015 .
  24. Jump up^ “About” . Retrieved January 2, 2015 .
  25. Jump up^ Lawler, Ryan (2007-08-21). “Comcast Takes on TorrentFreak”. Light Reading . Retrieved 2010-06-14 .
  26. Jump up^ “Comcast’s” We Do not Throttle BitTorrent “Internal Talking Points Memo” . The Consumerist . 2007-10-26. Archived fromthe original on 2007-10-27 . Retrieved 2010-06-14 .
  27. Jump up^ Ernesto (March 20, 2011). “TorrentFreak TV Is Back!” . Retrieved January 2, 2015 .
  28. Jump up^ Roettgers, Janko (May 14, 2011). “Suprnova.org: Forming Pirate King Embraces Web Video” . Retrieved January 2, 2015 .
  29. Jump up^ Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo (August 21, 2013). “Comcast Threatens to Sue TorrentFreak for Copyright Infringement” . Retrieved January 2, 2015 .
  30. Jump up^ “Comcast Threatens to Sue TorrentFreak for Copyright Infringement (updated)” . TorrentFreak. 2013-08-21 . Retrieved 2013-08-21 .
  31. Jump up^ “Comcast Business Record Affidavit” . Docket Alarm, Inc . Retrieved 2013-08-21 .
  32. Jump up^ Docket for AF Holdings, LLC v. Patel, 2: 12-cv-00262, No. 1 (NDGa.) ” . Docket Alarm, Inc.
  33. Jump up^ Complaint, AF Holdings, LLC v. Patel, 2: 12-cv-00262, No. 1 (NDGa Nov. 2, 2012) ” . Docket Alarm, Inc . Retrieved 2013-08-21 .
  34. Jump up^ Shubber, Kadhim (9 August 2013). “News site TorrentFreak ‘blocked’ by Sky’s piracy filter” . Retrieved 23 December 2014 .
  35. Jump up^ Brewster, Thomas (Jan. 6, 2014). “TorrentFreak News Site Blocked By Sky Porn Filter” . Retrieved 23 December 2014 .

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