Just in time for the holiday season, pop star Lady Gaga has partnered with BitTorrent, Inc., and Vice Magazine to release a special treat for her fans: behind the scenes video from her recent album, Artpop.
It’s a marketing campaign –that has had the entire Bay Area technorati talking — for BitTorrent’s new store-in-the-file product for artists … a file format called BitTorrent Bundles where the art is the cash register, and sharing is a form of currency, not a form of theft.
BitTorrent released its new Bundle format today in closed alpha, giving moviemakers, recording artists, authors, and anyone else who creates content a new mini-store that follows their art wherever it goes.
The release of Madonna’s new SecretProjectRevolution film exclusively via BitTorrent Bundle is a major endorsement of BitTorrent’s new file format.
“Instead of putting the content in the store, let’s put the store inside the product,” BitTorrent VP of Marketing Matt Mason told me last week. “We can bake interactions into the file itself, so that if something gets shared, it’s not a problem, but a driver of value for the artist and publisher.”
“Sync skips the cloud to deliver files faster and safer,” BitTorrent says.
In these days of NSA snooping and built-in backdoors, do you really want your entire digital life in the cloud?
Applications opened today for the BitTorrent Acceleration Program as part of its “ongoing quest” to find new and innovative ways to apply the BitTorrent protocol.
Last night’s highly anticipated premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones was downloaded by more than 160,000 people at the same time.
CD Projekt RED, the Polish developer behind last year’s critically acclaimed PC game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, is relenting in its hunt for alleged pirates.
Last month Witcher 2 developer CD Projekt talked about the estimated 4.5 million copies of its game that had been illegally downloaded via BitTorrent. Now it seems the company is going after users it believes have downloaded the game illegally, demanding $1,230 in damages from these individuals, via a German law firm.
The makers of action movie The Expendables have dropped an incredible lawsuit they had brought against more than 23,000 BitTorrent users who had allegedly downloaded the film illegally, according to TorrentFreak.
A group of major Internet service providers on Thursday declared they would take a larger role in fighting against the piracy of movies, music, and television shows. The ISPs include AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision.
Lawyers can simultaneously sue thousands of anonymous people who share files online, based on a recent court ruling.
It’s no surprise that video is the most popular type of content shared on the controversial peer-to-peer protocol BitTorrent – according to one report, at the height of its popularity each episode of the TV show Heroes was downloaded five million times over the network – but the number of digital books and magazines that are available as ‘torrents’ is growing fast as well.
Kontiki, a startup with clever Web video technology and a storied past in Silicon Valley, announced today that it has raised $10.7 million in its second round of funding.