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|Tweeting, Facebooking and other news|
|Posted by IH on May. 2|
I'm finding less time to write long writeups, so I'm going to start
"microblogging" on Twitter
instead since a lot of our news is commentary on external links relevant to isoHunt and BitTorrent anyways. This way I can post short comments on interesting news much quicker, and you can tweet your heart out on individual links.
Announcements and news not found anywhere else will still be posted as longer posts here on isoHunt frontpage, particular to developments on isoHunt and BitTorrent/P2P generally.
Also, since we find the new Facebook Pages to be better layout and public, we are moving our old Facebook group to our
new Facebook page.
Check it out and be a fan!
And here's some local (to us) news on me demonstrating my Jedi mind tricks:
This is not the CD you are looking for.
|Word from our special partners and sponsors|
|Posted by IH on May. 2|
A few announcements from our partners that a fairly significant in the BitTorrent scene.
First off, quoting ANR below:
Awesome New Republic
Honor Roll Music
are proud to announce the free release of ANR's Rational Geographic Volume 1 as a direct 25mb .zip
via their homepage and from all major torrent sites (
). ANR is targeting the torrent community with a month-long sponsorship of Isohunt, via a prominently featured banner advertisement that links directly to both the .zip file and torrent. In a music industry that is quickly changing, Honor Roll Music recognizes that torrent search engines such as Isohunt should not be vilified, but rather worked with cooperatively in order to reach millions of music fans eager to discover and download new music. Awesome New Republic and Honor Roll are confident that the genuine musicianship and modern pop sensibility displayed on Rational Geographic Volume 1 will speak for itself, and in turn captivate the attention of anyone who listens.
This marks an important milestone, that there is indeed common ground between isoHunt (and sharing sites like it) and musicians, filmmakers, game makers, etc. With
TPB losing their trial,
it's important to see this fact, that P2P is not about piracy or stealing, but that it is a better Radio that can be used for the benefit of creative people. I know many of you loath "bad" or distasteful ads (believe me, I try to get rid of them but ads are what keeps this site going), but this is one ad shouldn't miss
Secondly, another awesome use of our
besides the awesome
iPhone web app:
LittleShoot mashes social media sharing and searching
for torrents or flash videos alike. Torrents search results in LittleShoot is powered by isoHunt, and props to them for making torrenting easier for new and old users alike!
Last but not least, we are running a big promotion with Jinx:
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|What kind of file sharer are you?|
|Posted by IH on Mar. 21|
our recent court date with CRIA have generated (good
), the debate has centered around "piracy" this and piracy that and whether isoHunt as a search engine "facilitates" such piracy. I would of course say we don't, with all the non-infringing uses I've endorsed on the frontpage here with Creative Commons or otherwise copyleft content (OSS) that have adopted BitTorrent distribution. But that's not the point of this post.
I want to quote an excerpt from Lessig's book
below, and ask you as a user of isoHunt and BitTorrent a basic question: What kind of file sharer are you? What brought you to using BitTorrent, and which of the following is the most common use you have when downloading and sharing with BitTorrent? Which use case is most important to you?
|File sharers share different kinds of content. We can divide these different kinds into four types.
There are some who use sharing networks as substitutes for purchasing content. Thus, when a new Madonna CD is released, rather than buying the CD, these users simply take it. We might quibble about whether everyone who takes it would actually have bought it if sharing didn't make it available for free. Most probably wouldn't have, but clearly there are some who would. The latter are the target of category A: users who download instead of purchasing.
There are some who use sharing networks to sample music before purchasing it. Thus, a friend sends another friend an MP3 of an artist he's not heard of. The other friend then buys CDs by that artist. This is a kind of targeted advertising, quite likely to succeed. If the friend recommending the album gains nothing from a bad recommendation, then one could expect that the recommendations will actually be quite good. The net effect of this sharing could increase the quantity of music purchased.
There are many who use sharing networks to get access to copyrighted content that is no longer sold or that they would not have purchased because the transaction costs off the Net are too high. This use of sharing networks is among the most rewarding for many. Songs that were part of your childhood but have long vanished from the marketplace magically appear again on the network. (One friend told me that when she discovered Napster, she spent a solid weekend "recalling" old songs. She was astonished at the range and mix of content that was available.) For content not sold, this is still technically a violation of copyright, though because the copyright owner is not selling the content anymore, the economic harm is zero--the same harm that occurs when I sell my collection of 1960s 45-rpm records to a local collector.
Finally, there are many who use sharing networks to get access to content that is not copyrighted or that the copyright owner wants to give away.
And based on comments here and elsewhere, one I'm reminded I've heard before, I venture to add a 5th case:
Those who use sharing networks to download what they already bought in another digital form. Aka. format shifting, for various reasons including DRM or for backup purposes. Examples include:
* You bought a copy-protected CD, and you can't conveniently transfer the songs to your iPod or MP3 player.
* Games that are so crippled by copy protection that you had trouble running the game you bought, but a downloaded copy would be free of such crippling DRM.
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offers amusing insight.
* Your HDDVD player stopped working, no player is sold anymore, and you want Bluray versions of HDDVD movies you bought.
* Software/games where the CD/DVD they came on have been too scratched up to play (by your children or whatever reason). Case of downloading a backup copy of digital goods you bought.
Free Culture's chapter on Piracy
elaborates on the first 4 cases, you can read them there. Since the copyright owners are so fond of using the term piracy and calling you pirates, I believe it's important for you to know and discuss just
what is piracy?
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