Flash 10.1 Enables P2P Video on Nexus One

Adobe (s ADBE) Flash 10.1 for Android (s goog) isn’t even out yet, but there are already plenty of videos out there teasing us with all the great things a Nexus One will be able to do once you can get the latest version of Flash for it. The most recent teaser comes out of China; it it shows a Nexus one streaming video via Flash P2P.


The video is in Chinese, but it clearly shows a Nexus One accessing a Flash-based P2P web service. The service is informing its visitors that it “may use peer-assisted networking” and asks whether it would be alright to “access your upload bandwidth.” It then joins an RTMFP P2P network, and within seconds launches a video stream. The app is clearly a demo, with a console prominently displaying P2P settings next to the video, and it has since been taken down.

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Happy Birthday, Gnutella: Pioneering P2P Protocol Turns Ten

Ten years ago this week, online music pioneer Justin Frankel released a little application dubbed Gnutella that enabled file sharing through a distributed P2P network. Frankel, whose also wrote the then hugely-popular Winamp MP3 player software, supposedly named the client after his favorite hazelnut cream spread.

Pirating the 2010 Oscars: District 9 Beats Avatar

Which movie is gonna take home the prestigious Best Picture price: Avatar or The Hurt Locker? That’s the big question of tonight’s Academy Awards, if we can believe Hollywood pundits. Both movies have been nominated for nine awards, and anything seems possible.
Of course, Avatar has some commercial momentum on its side, given the fact that it’s been the most popular movie ever made — at least when it comes to ticket sales. However, there seems to be another option on the table, according to an unlikely panel of experts. BitTorrent-loving film buffs have been voting with their freeloading feet for weeks, and their choices might surprise even Hollywood insiders. The most-downloaded movie isn’t Avatar or The Hurt Locker, but District 9.
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Pirating the 2010 Winter Olympics

NBC’s decision to restrict live streaming of the Vancouver Winter Olympics to subscribers of cable, satellite or IPTV services is making many cord cutters scramble. We’ve heard anecdotes from former cable customers flocking to gyms or stop by friends for surprise visits while figure skating and hockey games are on TV. Even current cable customers able to jump through the authentication hoops of NBC’s Olympics may be looking for alternatives. After all, NBC is only streaming some 400 hours of the games in real time and once again reserving key competitions for broadcast TV, with some of them airing while many of us are stuck at work.

Of course, there are also other, slightly less legitimate ways to watch the games online. A number of web sites have been touting for weeks that they’ll carry live streams of the Olympics, and sports fans have been looking to P2P video clients for years to bypass TV pay walls. How easy to use are these services, and how good is the video quality? I decided to find out and give different ways of pirating the Olympics a try.

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Court: Norwegian ISP Won’t Have To Block The Pirate Bay

Norway’s largest ISP prevailed in court once again this week, with the country’s High Court court ruling that Telenor won’t have to block access to The Pirate Bay’s website, according to a report from Norway’s Computerworld.

The decision comes after record labels and other rights holders had threatened Telenor with a lawsuit last spring if the ISP wouldn’t block the Bay’s site. Telenor refused, and the music rights association TONO sued, only to lose in court in November, and eventually file an appeal in December.

The High Court now found that Telenor couldn’t be held liable for the actions of its end users just by offering access to The Pirate Bay. The court also wrote in its decision that issues of complicit liability, as alleged by TONO in this case, may need to be reevaluated when Norwegian politicians take another stab at revamping the country’s copyright laws.

Telenor isn’t the first ISP that found itself under attack for not blocking The Pirate Bay. The music industry successfully forced Danish ISP Tele2 to block the torrent site, and an Italian court just ruled last week that its country’s ISPs have to prevent their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay.

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10 More Sites for Free and Legal Torrents

People tend to equate BitTorrent with piracy, and we’re not going to pretend that there isn’t a lot of loot out there on torrent sites. However, there’s also plenty of opportunity to download lots of legal goodies, from free documentaries to Creative Commons-licensed music to indie feature films hoping for some P2P buzz.

It’s been three years since we first published a post titled Ten Sites For Free And Legal Torrents. Unfortunately, a few of the sites mentioned in our original post have since folded, but others have come up to replace them, which is why we decided to update our list of legal torrent goodness with new links and additional information.

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uTorrent and Vuze Enable Torrent Downloads On the Go

Both BitTorrent Inc. and Vuze released significant updates to their clients this week that include features to remotely control the applications from devices like the iPad or smartphones. BitTorrent Inc. also included a new protocol dubbed uTP into its flagship uTorrent client that could help to avoid network congestion issues.

Remotely controlling your BitTorrent downloads through a browser on your office PC or a mobile device isn’t exactly new; both uTorrent and Vuze have previously offered such functionality or supported access to it through third-party plug-ins. However, the process has been cumbersome in the past, and the new upgrades should help to make this function much more accessible.

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UK ISP TalkTalk Vows To Fight P2P Lawsuits

British ISP TalkTalk, who has four million customers after having gobbled up AOL U.K. and Tiscali U.K. in recent years, has vowed to not divulge any customer information to rights holders in pursuit of alleged P2P infringers, according to a report from Torrentfreak. TalkTalk also said that it will fight orders to throttle or disconnect customers that haven’t been convicted of a crime — a stance that could prove to be the first challenge for Britain’s proposed Digital Economy bill.

TalkTalk’s statement comes after a number of other major U.K. ISPs were found to cooperate with a controversial local law firm that has been forcing thousands of alleged P2P infringers into costly settlemens. These types of pre-lawsuit claims have come under increased criticism in the U.K., with politicians calling them “legal blackmail” and consumer advocates reporting a high number of false positives.

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‘Three Strikes’ Could Get Expensive for UK Rights Holders

Record labels and other rights holders will have to shoulder much of the financial burden of the UK’s upcoming graduate response program to curb illegal file sharing, also known as “three strikes.” Digital Britain minister Stephen Timms said this week that rights holders will have to pay 75 percent of the costs associated with the new anti-piracy measures, according to a report from paidContent: UK. Previous plans called for rights holders and ISPs splitting these expenses 50-50.

How much this will impact the bottom line of record companies depends largely on how vigorous they’ll be in pursuing file sharers — and that seems to be very much the idea behind shifting the costs. Lord Clement-Jones put it this way while introducing an amendment to the original Digital Economy bill this week: “We need an incentive for creative copyright owners to make jolly sure that they get their facts right when they start prosecuting subscribers.” In other words: Making the process expensive could help to reduce the amount of questionable infringement notices.

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Sneakernet Piracy Under The Microscope: Home Taping Is Killing Stereotypes

Okay, let’s admit it. We all have our own ideas of what a movie pirate looks like. Maybe we think of him as a sun-depraved teenager, spending his nights scouring torrent sites. Or we remember the guy who tried to sell us bootleg DVDs downtown the other day. Maybe we believe in a connection between movie piracy and organized crime. Or maybe we just think of the guy we get to see in the mirror every morning.

Either way, it might be time to do away with these stereotypes and think of piracy as a much more pervasive practice. That’s one of the conclusions of a new report titled “Changing Attitudes & Behaviours in the ‘Non-Internet’ Digital World and their Implications for Intellectual Property” that was just released by the U.K.-based Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP). It focused on all the types of piracy that don’t have to do with downloading and file sharing, ranging from bootleg DVDs to shared hard drives. And it turns out that this kind of “sneakernet” piracy is at least as popular as P2P file sharing.

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