- You can use boolean operators (-, |, OR), wildcards (*, ?), and phrase search (") in your query
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Active torrents indexed from websites and trackers across the internet, unique by info_hash
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|Blender Releases New Free Open Source 3D Game|
|Posted by patcito on Dec. 18|
The Blender Institute has just released a new project. After releasing under the Creative Common two awesome Pixar quality short subjects
Big Buck Bunny
in 720p or
in 1080p or just watch it
), the Institute is now releasing
, a fully free and open source 3D game under the Creative Common license, everything from the artwork to the code is freely re-usable and modifiable even commercially.
By running the game directly from Blender, you can even modify it and see what happens directly from the software, a nice way to learn how to do your own game.
To run the game, just
for your OS and open the file "levels/start_menu.blend" from Blender, this file and all the needed ones are available from this
. You can also support the project by buying the DVD of the game
That's not all, a Non Profit Organization called
is now using Blender to develop a free and open source
by a couple of years, so stay tuned...
|JSON api, iPhone app, New Features|
|Posted by IH on Nov. 24|
Time for announcing some changes and additions to isoHunt.com, both visible and behind the scenes.
First, a treat for web programmers: we are releasing a new JSON interface to our search results, so you can create innovative new apps, widgets, mashups and frontends using our data. Think desktop widgets, Facebook apps, and iGoogle gadgets. Simple API docs follow this post in
For users, what matters is the apps made using this, and here are 2 great examples.
iPhone search with uTorrent webui integration
This app searches isoHunt.com using our JSON interface, and displays results formatted for iPhones or similarly small sized screens, like Blackberry or other smartphones. If you installed
you can save its IP and port as a cookie on the web app, and you can click (or rather, finger) the blue circular icon next to any search result to send the torrent to your uTorrent for download. For iPhone/smartphone and uTorrent users, this is unbeatable. This lets you search for torrents wherever you are, and remotely start downloads on your uTorrent client at home quickly. You can see a sample search for ubuntu on the app
or see link above for screenshots of the app in action on an iPhone.
Vuze search template
This file adds isoHunt search results to Vuze's meta search. I you have Vuze (previously named Azureus) installed, this file would open in Vuze. I appreciate various user made templates before, but most of them didn't parse our search results quite right. This template uses our JSON interface and includes convenient, direct torrent download links in Vuze search. I've tried talking to the Vuze guys before on including isoHunt as a default search, but they have shown more interest in including search engines with poorer and more outdated results than they have shown us.
Maybe you'll have better luck than me.
You can also find Vuze search templates for Torrentbox and Podtropolis
for discussion specific to the Vuze search templates.
For isoHunt site updates, we've added direct voting on your download history:
After registering and downloading .torrent files while logged in to isoHunt, you always had the option to save your download history for reference later. To further encourage
community involvement in moderating torrents
in our search results, we have added direct Feedback voting (+1 / -1) in your download history. You can see your download history as seen in sample in above screenshot, on the first page after logging in to isoHunt. If you are already logged in, click the
Settings & History
link at top right on isoHunt to go back to it.
You may also notice the "RSS feeds of your download history" link in the above screenshot, which we added a few weeks back. This gives you a private feed of your download history. One use of this is subscribe to your personal feed in your BitTorrent client. That way, whenever and wherever you click .torrent files on isoHunt while logged in, your BT client would pick up the latest from the feed and start downloading. Another way to remote download torrents from isoHunt, especially if you don't use uTorrent. Or perhaps you want to show your friends what you are downloading, by importing your RSS into your blog or Facebook wall. Your private feed is secure as long as you don't share its URL, or import it on where you don't want prying eyes from seeing them. Social networks may have enough privacy control to make this useful for you.
And to improve our references to indexed sites per torrent:
Previously, only 1 indexed site is linked on our torrent details pages, on a first indexed first shown basis. This is still the case, but under it, on mouse over the indexed link, you'll see all other sites from where we indexed the same .torrent file. The "find comments elsewhere" link after it would Google the torrent's unique info_hash for any further references to it, if we missed any.
By checking lists of sites where torrents originated, you have more safeguard against spam. For example, a ubuntu torrent, listed from torrent.ubuntu.com as seen in above screenshot, pretty much guarantees you are not getting a spam or fake torrent that's not what its filenames say it is. All the more reasons and ways you can use isoHunt as your first stop to search for torrents from anywhere, and you'll find all references to research further online. Props to
who helped code most of these updates.
|Join the Copyfight!|
|Posted by IH on Nov. 9|
Since I've been sued by both
and threatened by
(Canadian recording industry), I've talked about what's been happening with our cases. Our CRIA case has also recently received mainstream press attention by the
Globe & Mail.
But the question is why? Why do they insist on suing their own customers? Why do they sue search engines like us, who make the internet more useful for everyone?
The problem lies in something fundamentally broken with the copyright system. A choice quote from
Cory Doctorow's article on the "copyfight":
|So the natural inclination of anyone who is struck by a piece of creative work is to share it. And since "sharing" on the Internet is the same as "copying," this puts you square in copyright's crosshairs. Everyone copies. Dan Glickman, the ex-Congressman who now heads up the Motion Picture Association of America (as pure a copyright maximalist as you could hope to meet) admitted to copying Kirby Dick's documentary
This Film is Not Yet Rated
(a scorching critique of the MPAA's rating system) but excused it because the copy was "in [his] vault." To pretend that you do not copy is to adopt the twisted hypocrisy of the Victorians who swore that they never, ever masturbated. Everyone knows that they themselves are lying, and a large number of us know that everyone else is lying too.
When the head of the MPAA has to admit to copying the film that criticizes the very industry he represents, an industry group of lobbyists and litigators against such copying, it highlights an important fact beyond the obvious hypocrisy. The internet has completely changed the economics of sharing. When sharing equals copying on the internet and the direct cost of that sharing is effectively $0 (it doesn't cost you anything to share videos on Youtube or BitTorrent), it makes copyright infringement so easy that even Dan Glickman can do it. So easy that a mom like
Stephanie Lenz can do it
when she posted a video of her 13-month-old son dancing to Prince's music. And I mean no disrespect to them.
This is an age of rampant sharing and remixing, and if you can make the connection between sharing and culture as Doctorow has, you will see this war between rightsholders and consumers will never end and the rightsholders will never win. The band
Terry McBride of Nettwerk
and isoHunt all echo a common point:
Remixing and sharing is good for culture, suing consumers and technologists who enable sharing is destructive for everyone.
The internet is a more efficient information machine than the printing press or VCR ever was, and also a whole different animal. It's time the content industries learn to put it to better use as well, by discarding past notions of how business is done based on an economy of scarcity. In Star Trek, currency becomes irrelevant with virtually unlimited "copying" of physical objects with the
The internet is the Replicator of information. When a 13-month-old dances to Prince's music, copyright infringement is nowhere near his consciousness. It's an endorsement that he likes it, pure and simple.
I've said a number of times that
I'm not against copyright,
but copyright does need significant reform in the internet age. If all this rampant copying on BitTorrent and the internet has
not made a dent in Hollywood's record earnings,
why can't we all just get along without rabid lawsuits? Why can't they see that sharing and remixing is a human urge for culture, and when we share and remixes art, it's not a liability but an endorsement for the artist or author or producer?
When the majority of society has no ethical conviction of wrongdoing when they violate copyright law, it's not society that's wrong, it's the law. Because
no one can really own ideas.
Newton once said, "If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of Giants." It's how the arts and sciences progresses. We share, we inspire and we remix.
If you want to join the copyfight, simply share your thoughts by replying, share this post with your friends, and join
isoHunt's Facebook group.
With our pending lawsuit against
in our home country, we may need your voice real soon, especially if you are Canadian. For more on Copyfight and where the word came from,
Since this post is all about warm fuzzy sharing, I shared this post on
Torrentfreak as a guest columnist.
This post, along with everything I write on isoHunt.com, are published under the
CC BY-SA license.
For a book author's perspective, a most
interesting response and discussion
regarding my post on the Copyfight. (
Edit by SecretSquirrel:
Having spoken to Rachel Caine via telephone, she echoed the sentiments on her livejournal. Please do give her posting a read, she makes some good points.)
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