Where’s Demonoid? Oh, it was taken down by the Ukranian government as a little present to the United States. A source in the country’s Interior Ministry says that the action was scheduled to coincide with Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s trip to the United States.
Demonoid seemed to be the last of the major torrent sites to still be standing, though it’s certainly had its share of troubles. Last week, the site was crippled from a massive DDoS attack… and yet a week later, it still isn’t up. Is this the end for Demonoid?
With all the money that Hollywood’s been throwing at trying to stop movie pirating, you’d think sites like The Pirate Bay were absolutely destroying the movie business model, but that’s not the case. According to a study from Wellesley College and the University of Missouri, bit torrents have no effect on US box office revenue. Even better, the study finds pirating goes way down when movies are released onto the international market sooner.
After several attempts, file sharing has finally been recognized as an official religion. The official name for the file sharing church is the Missionary Church of Kopimism, which was founded in 2010 by philosophy student Isak Gerson and holds ctrl+c and ctrl+v as sacred acts. And if you piss them off, you get ctrl+xcommunicated.
The entire internet, IHC included this time of year is all about the top this and that of 2011… movies, games, music etc. But what about the shadier side of things? What were the things that people were searching torrent services for in 2011?
Geocities may be gone off the web, but it’s not forgotten. And if you want to relive the Geocities experience at home, the entirety of Geocities is now available as a 1TB torrent. Every single Geocities site that was up at the time that the service went down can be yours. For free. Awful web design galore!
What’s a good way for some (relatively) cheap worldwide publicity as well as flexing your dominance in the world of websites? How bouts buying a small Russian town for $148,000 and renaming it? That’s exactly what TorrentReactor did when they bought the small town of Gar and renamed it TorrentReactor Town.